Immanuel Velikovsky's extraordinary and controversial theories
(June 10, 1895-November 17, 1979) was a respected Russian born psychiatrist
and independent scholar, but was best known as the author of a number
of controversial books reinterpreting the events of ancient history,
in particular the US bestseller Worlds in Collision, published in
1950. He argued that the Earth suffered catastrophic close-contacts
with other planets in ancient times and that electromagnetic effects
play an important role in celestial mechanics.
His books often
sold well and gained an enthusiastic support in lay circles, often
fueled by claims of unfair treatment by orthodox academia. He died
in 1979, without receiving the recognition his work deserved. However,
in recent years some of his most controversial theories have now
been proven to be correct.
on his theories was shown in the UK in 1972. (45:22)