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The Velikovsky Heresies

* Provides new evidence from recent space probe missions to support Velikovsky's theories on the formation of Venus * Presents recently translated ancient texts from China, Korea and Japan that uphold the comet-like descriptions of Venus cited by Velikovsky * Examines evidence of major geomagnetic events in 1500 BCE and 750 BCE that correspond with close passes of the comet Venus and its impact with Mars * Worlds in Collision was the one book found open on Albert Einstein's desk at the time of his death. Surrounded by controversy even before its publication in 1950, Immanuel Velikovsky's Worlds in Collision introduced the provocative theory that Venus began as a brilliant comet ejected by Jupiter around 1600 BCE, wreaking chaos on Mars and Earth as it roamed through our solar system prior to settling into its current orbit. Immediately dismissed without any investigation and subject to vicious attacks, Velikovsky's theory is now poised for reexamination in light of recent astronomical and archaeological findings. Exploring the key points of Velikovsky's theories, Laird Scranton presents evidence from recent space probe missions and offers scientific explanations for many disputed aspects of Velikovsky's theories, such as how Venus transformed from a comet into an orbiting planet. By updating this unresolved controversy with new scientific evidence, Scranton helps us to understand how it was that Worlds in Collision was the one book found open on Albert Einstein's desk at the time of his death.
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Acknowledgments Introduction: The Irrepressible Outsider 1 Worlds in Collision and the Firestorm It Created 2 Velikovsky's Thesis 3 Reaction and Controversy 4 Early Predictive Tests of the Theory 5 Later Developments in the Controversy 6 Venus in Ancient Times 7 Could Venus Have Been Ejected from Jupiter? 8 Could Venus Have Made a Close Approach to Earth? 9 Could Venus Have Impacted Mars? 10 Could Mars Have Made a Close Approach to Earth? 11 What Evidence Is There That Venus Was Out of Its Orbit? 12 Could Venus Be a Young Planet? 13 Could Venus Have Been a Comet? 14 Could the Orbit of Venus Have Circularized So Quickly? 15 Observations on the New Evidence Notes Bibliography Index

About the Author

Laird Scranton, an independent software designer, has studied ancient myth, language and cosmology for more than 10 years. The author of several books, including The Science of the Dogon, he has been a lecturer at Colgate University and lives in Albany, New York.


"Scranton reminds us of Velikovsky's contribution to our ideas about our solar system, and he hints at what else may be confirmed in the future." * Nexus Magazine, June 2012 *

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