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Then & Now
Velikovsky Letters: What Einstein Really Said
“Catastrophes, yes; Venus, no”
July 8, 1946 Dear Mr. Velikovsky:
I have read the whole book about the planet Venus. There is much of interest in the book which proves that in fact catastrophes have taken place which must be attributed to extraterrestrial causes. However it is evident to every sensible physicist that these catastrophes can have nothing to do with the planet Venus and that also the direction of the inclination of the terrestrial axis towards the ecliptic could not have undergone a considerable change without the total destruction of the entire earth's crust. Your arguments in this regard are so weak as opposed to the mechanical—astronomical ones, that no expert will be able to take them seriously. It were best in my opinion if you would in this way revise your books, which contain truly valuable material. If you cannot decide on this, then what is valuable in your deliberations will become ineffective, and it may be difficult finding a sensible publisher who would take the risk of such a heavy fiasco upon himself.
I tell you this in writing and return to you your manuscript, since I will not be free on the considered days.
"Futurist, Prophet, Mythologist, Historian, Scientific Renegade" Velikovsky's theories, generally unacceptable to contemporary scientists and accredited scholars (in virtually every area his work touches on), continue to inspire, in some quarters, respect, if not awe- some 30 now years after his death in 1979. One finds many sites on the internet which deal with or make reference to Velikovsky's works. Generally, advocates of Velikovsky's ideas are religiously motivated or simply intrigued by Velikovsky "revolutionary" ideas. One will find, below, the link to the Archives of Velikovsky's writings and correspondence. The reader is cautioned to be wary of many unreliable representations made regarding Velikovsky's background, credentials, and claims of "scientific" verification of his theories.
In Commemoration of Worlds in Collision (With Current Self-Critique-Jan.2013)
Velikovsky's invitation to Eric Miller to write the commemoration piece for a planned full page ad for N.Y. Times on the 20th anniversary of original publication along with an updated self-critique of the piece.
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