skip to content
The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe Preview this item
ClosePreview this item
Checking...

The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe

Author: Michael D Gordin
Publisher: Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, ©2012 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Summary:
Properly analyzed, the collective mythological and religious writings of humanity reveal that around 1500 BC, a comet swept perilously close to Earth, triggering widespread natural disasters and threatening the destruction of all life before settling into solar orbit as Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor. Sound implausible? Well, from 1950 until the late 1970s, a huge number of people begged to differ, as they  Read more...
Rating:

based on 1 rating(s) 1 with a review

Subjects
More like this

Find a copy in the library

&AllPage.SpinnerRetrieving; Finding libraries that hold this item...

Details

Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Immanuel Velikovsky; Immanuel Velikovsky; Trofim Lysenko; Trofim Lysenko; Immanuel Velikovsky; Immanuel Velikovsky; Trofim D Lysenko; Immanuel Velikovsky; Trofim Denisovič Lysenko
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael D Gordin
ISBN: 9780226304427 0226304426 9780226101729 022610172X
OCLC Number: 774697267
Description: x, 291 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction : Bad ideas --
The grand collision of spring 1950 --
A monolithic oneness --
The battle over Lysenkoism --
Experiments in rehabilitation --
Skirmishes on the edge of creation --
Strangest bedfellows --
Conclusion : Pseudoscience in our time.
Responsibility: Michael D. Gordin.

Abstract:

Resurrects the largely forgotten figure of Velikovsky and uses his strange career and surprisingly influential writings to explore the changing definitions of the line that separates legitimate  Read more...

Reviews

Editorial reviews

Publisher Synopsis

"A slyly funny writer.... Make no mistake: Michael D. Gordin's sympathies are not with the occult. His fascination with pseudoscience is more like a negative method: the experts define the boundaries Read more...

 
User-contributed reviews

WorldCat User Reviews (1)

Kjøp Timberland Støvler Nettbutikk,Billige Dame Timberland støvler På Salg

by salgskonorway (WorldCat user published 2012-10-20) Very Good Permalink

Kjøp <a href="http://www.salgskonorway.com/timberland-st%C3%B8vler-c-1.html">Timberland...
Read more...  Read more...

  • Was this review helpful to you?
  •   
Retrieving GoodReads reviews...
Retrieving DOGObooks reviews...

Tags

All user tags (1)

View most popular tags as: tag list | tag cloud

Confirm this request

You may have already requested this item. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway.

Linked Data


Primary Entity

<http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/774697267> # The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe
    a schema:Book, schema:CreativeWork ;
    library:oclcnum "774697267" ;
    library:placeOfPublication <http://id.loc.gov/vocabulary/countries/ilu> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/parasciences_histoire_vingtieme_siecle> ; # Parasciences--Histoire--Vingtième siècle
    schema:about <http://dewey.info/class/523.2/e23/> ;
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/eugenisme_histoire> ; # Eugénisme--Histoire
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1080912> ; # Pseudoscience
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Event/1900_1999> ; # 1900-1999
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/pseudoscience_history_20th_century> ; # Pseudoscience--History--20th century
    schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/73974190> ; # Immanuel Velikovsky
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/pseudovetenskap_historia> ; # Pseudovetenskap--historia
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008111330> ; # Science--History--20th century
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/882407> ; # Creationism
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/kreationism_historia> ; # Kreationism--historia
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/eugenik> ; # Eugenik
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/lysenko_trofim_1898_1976> ; # Trofim Lysenko
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/creationism_history> ; # Creationism--History
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/916432> ; # Eugenics
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/velikovsky_immanuel_1895_1979> ; # Immanuel Velikovsky
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/lysenko_trofim_denisovic_1898_1976> ; # Trofim Denisovič Lysenko
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/eugenik_historia> ; # Eugenik--historia
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1108176> ; # Science
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/vetenskap_historia> ; # Vetenskap--historia
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/kreationismus> ; # Kreationismus
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Event/1900_talet> ; # 1900-talet
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/creationnisme_theologie_histoire> ; # Créationnisme (théologie)--Histoire
    schema:about <http://viaf.org/viaf/30328897> ; # Trofim D. Lysenko
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/815447> ; # Art appreciation
    schema:about <http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/pseudowissenschaft> ; # Pseudowissenschaft
    schema:about <http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008119923> ; # Eugenics--History
    schema:about <http://id.worldcat.org/fast/972484> ; # Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
    schema:bookFormat bgn:PrintBook ;
    schema:copyrightYear "2012" ;
    schema:creator <http://viaf.org/viaf/46985127> ; # Michael D. Gordin
    schema:datePublished "2012" ;
    schema:description "Properly analyzed, the collective mythological and religious writings of humanity reveal that around 1500 BC, a comet swept perilously close to Earth, triggering widespread natural disasters and threatening the destruction of all life before settling into solar orbit as Venus, our nearest planetary neighbor. Sound implausible? Well, from 1950 until the late 1970s, a huge number of people begged to differ, as they devoured Immanuel Velikovsky's major best-seller, Worlds in Collision, insisting that perhaps this polymathic thinker held the key to a new science and a new history. Scientists, on the other hand, assaulted Velikovsky's book, his followers, and his press mercilessly from the get-go. In The Pseudoscience Wars, Michael D. Gordin resurrects the largely forgotten figure of Velikovsky and uses his strange career and surprisingly influential writings to explore the changing definitions of the line that separates legitimate scientific inquiry from what is deemed bunk, and to show how vital this question remains to us today. Drawing on a wealth of previously unpublished material from Velikovsky's personal archives, Gordin presents a behind-the-scenes history of the writer's career, from his initial burst of success through his growing influence on the counterculture, heated public battles with such luminaries as Carl Sagan, and eventual eclipse. Along the way, he offers fascinating glimpses into the histories and effects of other fringe doctrines, including creationism, Lysenkoism, parapsychology, and more -- all of which have surprising connections to Velikovsky's theories. Science today is hardly universally secure, and scientists seem themselves beset by critics, denialists, and those they label "pseudoscientists"--As seen all too clearly in battles over evolution and climate change. The Pseudoscience Wars simultaneously reveals the surprising Cold War roots of our contemporary dilemma and points readers to a different approach to drawing the line between knowledge and nonsense. - Publisher."@en ;
    schema:description "Introduction : Bad ideas -- The grand collision of spring 1950 -- A monolithic oneness -- The battle over Lysenkoism -- Experiments in rehabilitation -- Skirmishes on the edge of creation -- Strangest bedfellows -- Conclusion : Pseudoscience in our time."@en ;
    schema:exampleOfWork <http://worldcat.org/entity/work/id/1076643114> ;
    schema:genre "History"@en ;
    schema:inLanguage "en" ;
    schema:name "The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe"@en ;
    schema:productID "774697267" ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780226304427> ;
    schema:workExample <http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780226101729> ;
    umbel:isLike <http://bnb.data.bl.uk/id/resource/GBB356478> ;
    wdrs:describedby <http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/774697267> ;
    .


Related Entities

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/lysenko_trofim_1898_1976> # Trofim Lysenko
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1898" ;
    schema:deathDate "1976" ;
    schema:familyName "Lysenko" ;
    schema:givenName "Trofim" ;
    schema:name "Trofim Lysenko" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/lysenko_trofim_denisovic_1898_1976> # Trofim Denisovič Lysenko
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1898" ;
    schema:deathDate "1976" ;
    schema:familyName "Lysenko" ;
    schema:givenName "Trofim Denisovič" ;
    schema:name "Trofim Denisovič Lysenko" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Person/velikovsky_immanuel_1895_1979> # Immanuel Velikovsky
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1895" ;
    schema:deathDate "1979" ;
    schema:familyName "Velikovsky" ;
    schema:givenName "Immanuel" ;
    schema:name "Immanuel Velikovsky" ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/creationnisme_theologie_histoire> # Créationnisme (théologie)--Histoire
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Créationnisme (théologie)--Histoire"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/eugenik_historia> # Eugenik--historia
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Eugenik--historia"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/eugenisme_histoire> # Eugénisme--Histoire
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Eugénisme--Histoire"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/kreationism_historia> # Kreationism--historia
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Kreationism--historia"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/parasciences_histoire_vingtieme_siecle> # Parasciences--Histoire--Vingtième siècle
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Parasciences--Histoire--Vingtième siècle"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/pseudovetenskap_historia> # Pseudovetenskap--historia
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Pseudovetenskap--historia"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/pseudowissenschaft> # Pseudowissenschaft
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Pseudowissenschaft"@en ;
    .

<http://experiment.worldcat.org/entity/work/data/1076643114#Topic/vetenskap_historia> # Vetenskap--historia
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Vetenskap--historia"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008111330> # Science--History--20th century
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Science--History--20th century"@en ;
    .

<http://id.loc.gov/authorities/subjects/sh2008119923> # Eugenics--History
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Eugenics--History"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1080912> # Pseudoscience
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Pseudoscience"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/1108176> # Science
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Science"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/815447> # Art appreciation
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Art appreciation"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/882407> # Creationism
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Creationism"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/916432> # Eugenics
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Eugenics"@en ;
    .

<http://id.worldcat.org/fast/972484> # Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
    a schema:Intangible ;
    schema:name "Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)"@en ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/30328897> # Trofim D. Lysenko
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1898" ;
    schema:deathDate "1976" ;
    schema:familyName "Lysenko" ;
    schema:givenName "Trofim D." ;
    schema:givenName "Trofim" ;
    schema:name "Trofim D. Lysenko" ;
    schema:name "Trofim Lysenko" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/46985127> # Michael D. Gordin
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:familyName "Gordin" ;
    schema:givenName "Michael D." ;
    schema:name "Michael D. Gordin" ;
    .

<http://viaf.org/viaf/73974190> # Immanuel Velikovsky
    a schema:Person ;
    schema:birthDate "1895" ;
    schema:deathDate "1979" ;
    schema:familyName "Velikovsky" ;
    schema:givenName "Immanuel" ;
    schema:name "Immanuel Velikovsky" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780226101729>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "022610172X" ;
    schema:isbn "9780226101729" ;
    .

<http://worldcat.org/isbn/9780226304427>
    a schema:ProductModel ;
    schema:isbn "0226304426" ;
    schema:isbn "9780226304427" ;
    .

<http://www.worldcat.org/title/-/oclc/774697267>
    a genont:InformationResource, genont:ContentTypeGenericResource ;
    schema:about <http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/774697267> ; # The pseudoscience wars : Immanuel Velikovsky and the birth of the modern fringe
    schema:dateModified "2019-01-16" ;
    void:inDataset <http://purl.oclc.org/dataset/WorldCat> ;
    .


Content-negotiable representations

Close Window

Please sign in to WorldCat 

Don't have an account? You can easily create a free account.