Earth in Upheaval – Immanuel Velikovsky – Book Review

During the last 18 months of Albert Einstein’s life, November 1953 until April, 1955. he sat around with Immanuel Velikovsky on numerous occasions mulling over the implications of the historical/geological evidence described here.  Largely ignored, met with a shrug by the scientific community because no explanation within accepted scientific theory could account for the massive physical evidence, the two men examined other possibilities, no matter how unconventional.

Mountain ranges yanked from their roots and moved laterally, sometimes as much as 100 miles during a short passage of time.  Megafauna stacked like cordwood in cracks from southern Asia to the Arctic Circle by the millions, perhaps hundreds of millions.  Countless among them quick-frozen rapidly enough to leave them relatively undecayed for examination by modern man thousands of years later. 

Entire tropical forests uprooted, moved by massive waves and left to petrify when the water receded.   When Bad Things Happen to Good Megafauna

If Einstein had lived to see the publication of Velikovsky’s book his interest, prestige and comments might have provided the momentum to carry the discussion into the overall scientific community and more widespread recognition.  Might have forced the unpalatable conclusions to which examination of the evidence leads without leaving many alternatives.

Instead, Planet in Upheaval was published quietly, largely ignored by science, Velikovsky vilified and often denounced by his peers.

But the book’s still out there, used.  Probably available from Amazon for pennies.  I bought my copy in a thrift store in Kerrville for $.25.  I couldn’t have afforded it, wouldn’t have bought it had it cost a buck.

But I bought it for quarter and have now read it enough times to make up for a lot of the people who never did.  Pick up a copy somewhere and you can make up for a few others.  I suspect you won’t be satisfied with a single reading.

If you do read it you’ll be forced to conclude, Stuff Happens.  Sometimes it happens fast and big.  And it doesn’t need man to push it along, make it happen.  Doesn’t even pause to explain itself and why it happens for the benefit of the best minds of humanity to carefully ignore.

Old Jules

Afterthought – Edited in to avoid confusion:

The book referred to here is not Chariots of the Gods.  The author is not Erich von Daniken, of whom you probably have a vague recollection as a discredited ‘scientist’, author of half-truths, incomplete truths, and fig-newtons of the imagination. 

Erich von Daniken.  Immanuel Velikovsky.  Two entirely different individuals.  They even spell their names differently.  Admittedly both foreigners by heritage, but they had little else in common.  Von Daniken actually had a following and readership.  Velikovsky, on the other hand, was a scientist.

10 responses to “Earth in Upheaval – Immanuel Velikovsky – Book Review

  1. Love the last sentence!

  2. I’ve read some of his books. Most are at least entertaining with some kernels of truth mixed in with the “sci-fi”.

  3. I’ll agree that swabby knows more if he’ll just give some specific examples of where Velikovsky is scientifically solid and where he vears off into Sci Fi.
    I believe it would be instructive and good to hear prior to reading this book.

    • angrymanspeaks: Swabby’s remembering Erich Von Daniken. Easy mistake to happen as the decades intrude on our file storage facilities. Velikovsky never wrote fiction so far as I’m aware. Gracias, J

  4. I think Velikovsky through so much crap at the wall in Worlds in Collsion it was hard to separate the science from the “far out” and whacky.

    • lenrosen4: [For future reference, the word you intended was, ‘threw’, meaning ‘hurled‘. As opposed to ‘through‘, as in ‘finished’, or ‘passing in-between’]

      Having said that, likely as not you do think so. I haven’t read Worlds in Collision, so I’m not the expert you most likely are, assuming you actually read it. Or didn’t, whichever the case might be. The thinking of it and saying of it suffices to make it real, viable, worthy of the weight it carries. Thanks for coming by for a read and offering your thoughts. Gracias, J

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