Immanuel Velikovsky is largely unknown today, though he rose to fame in the '60s and '70s for his 1950 work, Worlds in Collision. A resurgence of casual interest in comparative mythology and Catastrophist theory in the 1970s was somewhat derisively termed Velikovskyism (it has also been applied to theories that attempt to rectify ancient tales and legends with scientific evidence).
The popularity of the questions he raised prompted inquiries by major scientific organizations, and was such a spectacle that it became its own scientific event, examined in "The Velikovsky Affair." Velikovsky's work and theories were vociferously mocked throughout the established scientific community well into the mid-1980s, but supporters of him and his work still exist despite the fact that they are considered debunked.
Immanuel Velikovsky died in 1979, but the theories he proposed so captured the interest of both the public and the scientific community, that they continue to be debated. Worlds in Collision remains a hot topic in some discussions.
Many of Immanuel Velikovsky's unpublished works are available online.
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