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101. The Velocity of Light In Relation to Moving Bodies [Pensee]
... difference in the velocities of the beams; any possible compensatory motion on the part of the solar system or the entire galaxy thus was excluded. The explanation first offered was the supposition that any material object (also a measuring rod) traveling through the ether is shortened by a very small amount; the East-West distance in the laboratory apparatus (interferometer), being shorter, is traversed by a beam of light traveling a little slower in the same time that the longer North-South distance is crossed by a swifter beam (1). Einstein, however, generalized this idea by assuming that the velocity of light in vacuum is constant in relation to all bodies, whether in motion or at rest. The ether was discarded in the Special Theory of Relativity, and Einstein embraced the quanta theory of light. Both space and time lost the attribute of constancy, and light (its velocity) acquired it. Ritz objected to the thesis of constancy, claiming that the velocity of an illuminating body adds itself to the velocity of propagation of light c, the resultant being ...
102. The Electro-gravitic Theory of Celestial Motion [Aeon Journal $]
... From: The Cataclysm (Aeon) I:1 (Jan 1988) Home¦ Issue Contents The Electro-gravitic Theory of Celestial Motion Charles Ginenthal Albert Einstein to Immanuel Velikovsky: "The scientists make a grave mistake in not studying your book (Worlds in Collision) because of the exceedingly impor-tant material it contains." (1) ABSTRACT A theory is presented that electromagnetism (as repulsion) and gravitation (as attraction) are the concurrent forces of celestial mechanics. It is demonstrated that this approach can explain: rotation, prograde and retrograde, revolution, conservation of angular momentum, all Keplerian motions, elliptical and circular nature of orbiting bodies, the precession of ellipses, the capture and conversion of bodies from cometary orbits to planetary ones, the internal electromagnetism of celestial bodies, the clustering of stars and galaxies, the nature and formation of binary star systems, and the perihelion advance of Mercury. INTRODUCTION Since the time of Isaac Newton it has been assumed that gravitational force is the only significant agent in celestial acceleration. Johannes Kepler, using the precise data ...
... in the tails of comets? More generally, why is it OK for Hoyle and Wickramasinghe to speculate about world-wide epidemics brought by cometary dust, and for Sagan to speculate about the evolution of human intelligence, but not OK for Velikovsky to speculate about astronomy." To which he answers: "The crucial point, to be borne in mind by all weekend cosmologists, is that... The more you have demonstrated that you know, the more your speculations will be listened to." He cites Hoyle, Ryle and Einstein as examples of scientists whose viewpoints outside their fields of professional expertise have been listened to respectfully. Weekend book reviewers seem to have a facility for proposing one-legged principles that are embarrassingly easy to topple. For example, Linus Pauling, the renowned chemist, has not found his speculations on the role of Vitamin C in human nutrition and cancer prevention well-listened to by scientists, despite having two Nobel Prizes. The reason why some scientists' speculations are listened to while others are rejected forthwith is not explained by Rowan-Robinson's dictum. The reason ...
104. Forum [Pensee]
... albeit much more subtly. Regarding Velikovsky's comments on methods for testing the postulates of General Relativity by observing an eclipse from Skylab (" A Missed Opportunity?" Pensee, fall, 1973, p. 19): roll and yaw of the ship may make it too unstable a platform for such accurate astronomic observations. But this subject touches on one of the strangest interludes in all of the history of science, one which has been ignored by modern textbooks, thus to indoctrinate students so thoroughly for over 35 years. In 1949 Einstein wrote in a personal letter, commenting on his life's work, "There is not a single concept of which I am convinced that it will stand firm, and I feel uncertain whether I am in general on the right track." The above may not be too surprising when certain facets of long ignored history are considered. The following are direct quotes, indicating that many of Einstein's contemporaries were most unhappy about the way data were culled and selected by experimenters, to uphold their preconceived convictions: "These three sets of ...
105. "Worlds in Collision": Reviews and Reviewers [Aeon Journal $]
... Velikovsky had merely picked up on and sensationalized the correct conclusions of earlier, "legitimate," scholars. Velikovsky's ideas were presented in detail to the public for the first time in "The Day the Sun Stood Still," Eric Larrabee's article in the January, 1950, Harper's. Hard on its heels, Newsweek (Jan. 9, pp. 16-19) called Velikovsky "a broad gauge savant with an incredible field of competence in the sciences" and even claimed that he "arrives at ideas hypothesized this month by Albert Einstein in his new and untested theory of gravitation." The Larrabee article also inspired The 0regonian editors to note on Jan. 9 that: [a "high percentage of those whose fields are invaded and their facts questioned" by Velikovsky "may be expected to rise to the challenge. The minds that will be stimulated by this book are the world's best. Who knows what may come of that?" But, in retrospect, it may be that the chief importance of the Harper's and Newsweek articles is that they notified ...
106. Letters [SIS C&C Workshop $]
... signals and defines the relation of the movement of light to the Earth, or the 'stationary system'. By 'applying the principle of the constancy of the velocity of light in the stationary system' he mathematically demonstrates that anyone moving relatively to the Earth will have the illusion that his several clocks are no longer in synchrony with each other. This is only to be expected, since this observer instigates their synchrony by sending light signals between them and he is (evidently) ignorant of the principle of the Earth's control over light that Einstein refers, ambiguously, to. He expects to calculate with the same velocity for light that is found in the laboratory, which is misleading. But a few pages later there is a flat contradiction to this. Einstein says that 'the velocity of light c cannot be altered by composition with a velocity less than that of light'. Yet in the formula for checking the synchrony of the moving clocks he has corrected the standard speed for light by the velocity of the vehicle carrying the two clocks! Theorists may try to explain ...
107. The Velikovsky Archive [Aeon Journal $]
... to cover in ten chapters a number of scientific topics in which predictions made in Worlds in Collision, or following out of the thesis presented therein, found their confirmation. This manuscript had probably been in the making since the 1960s. Velikovsky sought advice on this manuscript from a number of colleagues, particularly Ralph Juergens. The leading section, which set the tone for the entire book was titled "On Prediction in Science." [1 The importance of prediction was driven home to Velikovsky in the course of his discussions with Albert Einstein, and he laid great stock in the ability of his theory to predict such phenomena as the physical features and atmospheric composition of the planets. Accordingly, each chapter was structured in a way that explained Velikovsky's reconstruction of the history of the subject matter (the ocean, Venus, the Sun), and the implications of this history for its present appearance. Unfortunately, I lack some crucial sections of this work. The parts I do have available are included in the online archive. In addition to those sections (the ...
108. The Center Holds [Pensee]
... . It should be well known that since the early Fifties radiology and space probes have rendered such an assumption false many times over. However, the accusation is still heard that if Velikovsky dethrones Laplacian celestial mechanics, he must offer something better in its place; until then he has not approached the problem "quantitatively" and therefore physicists are still absolved from considering it. The less generous among them even assume that he was not aware of the problems involved. It is not so well known that in his correspondence and discussions with Einstein, which grew in complexity till the latter's death in 1955, the relationship between electromagnetic and gravitational forces was the principal subject. That was only as it should have been, since Einstein's own work in his last years was towards a unified field theory explaining the two orders of phenomena in common terms. It makes sense that Einstein should have chosen this undertaking since, if successful, it would have satisfied in the highest degree the requisite of generality which makes any scientific theory valuable. He was involved in a search for first ...
109. Velikovsky: A Personal Chronological Perspective of His Final Years [Aeon Journal $]
... people we knew. Velikovsky, in reply to questions about Lewis Greenberg's investigations into the myths surrounding Venus and his contributions as an associate editor of Pensée, thought that Greenberg was rather precipitous in his use of source materials and hence appeared to leap-frog to conclusions that might not be warranted. By this time I had gotten to know Greenberg quite well and was intuitively impressed by his quick mind and equally rapid-fire conversation style, and in a mental comparison with Velikovsky there was an image in my mind of the slow, cautious plodding Albert Einstein solving a problem compared to the computer-like rapidity and impatience of mathematician John von Neumann. Of all the people in the Velikovskian camp these two superficially appear poles apart, but in reality, and allowing for personal differences, they are of the same cut of fabric, and Velikovsky's unfamiliarity with a "precipitous" cascade of ideas from a friendly quarter had made him wary. With a modicum of prescience I told Velikovsky: "Don't underestimate Lewis Greenberg." (And with Greenberg's subsequent efforts as Editor-in-Chief of the interdisciplinary journal Kronos ...
110. Cosmic Heretics [Aeon Journal $]
... expression of general megalomania, but the particular claim, out of all those he might have thought of, strikes at V .'s well-established claim of predicting the high heat of Venus. There is here a hint of psychological pressure working to take for his own specifically the property of the father. V. was fixated on authority, the higher the better; he sought out acquaintances and enemies on high levels. But he did not gather intelligent up-coming young people until late in life; he has written a book on his conversations with Einstein, yet he would never have dreamed of writing a book of his immensely richer conversations with Juergens on electricity and Stecchini on ancient languages and the history of science. Why? Because they were unknown. His idea of arrival was naive. The great ones would recognize him on the basis of his books. The young would come along, following what their teachers say. Until late in life, he had no idea of the striking fact of intellectual history, that most geniuses and heretics start out young. At any given ...
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