Vol. V Number 2 1980/81

S.I.S. Review

Journal of the Society for Interdisciplinary Studies

Bruno de Finetti: Science and Novelty40
A pressing warning from 19SP on the dangers of a narrow-minded and arrogant approach to new ideas by scientists, using the "Velikovsky affair" as an example - here in its first English publication.
Malcolm Lowery: What's in a Name? Venus "The Newcomer"46
An examination of Velikovsky's assertion that the name of the planet Venus means "The Newcomer" and thus reflects its postulated late birth.
Michael G. Reade: An Introduction to the Evidence of the Panchasiddhantika50
A preliminary study of the "strange synodic periods" in this ancient Hindu astronomical manual reveals possible evidence for a past 360-day year.
Victor J. Slabinski: A Dynamical Objection to Warlow's Inversion of the Earth54
Quantitative criticism of Peter Warlow's axis-inversion proposals from a fellow-scientist.
V. Axel Firsoff: The Anomalous Condition of Venus and the Origin of the Solar System57
Similarities to Velikovsky's scenario in a non-Velikovskian suggestion for solving the difficulties in explaining some of the more awkward Venus findings: its rare gas abundances and its retrograde rotation.
Catastrophism Old and New
Obituary: Zvi Rix
In Passing: Ebla Reconsidered, by John Bimson37
Bookshelf: edited by Brian Moore:60
  • Trevor Palmer reviews Space Travellers by Sir Fred Hoyle and Chandra Wickramasinghe and The Origin of Life by Clair Edwin Folsome
  • John Bimson reviews The Bible and Recent Archaeology by Kathleen Kenyon
  • Brian Moore reviews The Rebel Lands by J. V. Kinnier Wilson
  • Letters: from George R. Talbott, J. Josephine Leamer, and G. Thiers 65
    Horizons: Reviews of other journals in brief68
    Briefings: More Hot Air On Venus35
  • Anticipated Findings
  • 38
  • V. Axel Firsoff - The Other Gadfly
  • 58
  • Volatile Venus
  • 58
    Advertisement: Solar System Todayii
    Advertisement: Chaos and Creationiii

    Cover illustration: "Lion-heads" and "Weapons" rising from their underground chambers as conventionally represented on a Babylonian boundary stone - from The Rebel Lands, reviewed by Brian Moore in this issue. (Vorderasiatisches Museum, Berlin/DDR)

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    ISSN 0308-3276

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    Peter J. James

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    Brian Moore
    (Books, Information)

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    Art Editor:
    Rosemary Burnard

    Editorial Associates:
    Geoffrey Gammon
    Martin Sieff
    Wal Thornhill

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    Dr John J. Bimson
    (Biblical Archaeology)

    Eric Crew, FIEE, FRAS

    Dr John J. Fermor

    Hyam Maccoby, MA (Oxon)

    Dr Hugo Meynell
    (Philosophy of Science)

    Dr John Milsom

    Michael Reade, DSC
    (Observational Astronomy)

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