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Immanuel Velikovsky

Immanuel Velikovsky

During mid-century, Immanuel Velikovsky wrote a series of books linking history, Biblical and otherwise, to planets ricocheting around the solar system. (Scientists began a thirty-year feud by trying to stop publication.) Recently I learned he was Jewish, with a story: born in Vitebsk (“not far from Liubavitchi”) in 1895, landed in New York after practicing medicine in Mandatory Palestine. And he could write.* He left a memoir of his early life that’s well worth reading. On-line here:

http://www.varchive.org/dy/biocont.htm

Also of interest: a series of New York Post columns he wrote about the founding of Israel while it was happening, 1947-49:

http://www.varchive.org/obs/index.htm

* The physicist Freeman Dyson compared him to Blake. Velikovsky wrote back, “How would you like it if I said you were the reincarnation of Jules Verne?”

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