George R. Talbott (Oct 1, 1925 - Jan 23, 2007 Orange, CA.) was an interdisciplinary scientists specializing in mathematics, physics and chemistry. He also wrote about the criticisms and critics of Immanuel Velikovsky, of whom he said that "I was glad to have Velikovsky as a teacher". George is not related to Talbott brothers, David and Stephen.
Talbott received, with honors, the degree of Bachelor of Arts in philosophy (UCLA), Doctor of Science in physics (Indiana Northern University), and a professional license in Medical Laboratory Technology (RMT, State of California). His scientific status and experience include staff work at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla and St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica. He performed biochemical analysis and immunological studies for Dr. George Hartley (Ph.D., MD) and Dr. George Hummer (MD).
For twenty-five years he served as the physicist reporting directly to the Chief Scientist of Rockwell International, Dr. William McDonald (MIT). In that capacity, he developed a physical chemistry laboratory and wrote an entire library of computer programs, some of which became famous in technology.
His paper on gas chromatography and mass spectrometry was used both in the US and in foreign countries to facilitate analysis of microscopic gas flow. Other papers dealt with electromagnetic shielding, calculations in atomic physics, and thermal stress analysis.
He is also the author of the two volume Philosophy & Unified Science, as well as Electronic Thermodynamics, Sir Arthur & Gravity and Fermat's Last Theorem. A consultant in physics and applied mathematics, Dr. Talbott was commissioned by Bondline Products in Norwalk, California, for chemical and physical analysis of Newsom's advanced oil recovery system, and has received both professional and academic awards throughout his distinguished career.
In 1978, Kronos published a paper by George Robert Talbott in which he comments on Immanuel Velikovsky:
- "The following tripartite contribution focuses first upon the general problem of misrepresentation of Dr. Velikovsky's thesis by some members of the academic scientific community, and totally demolishes the already dying assertion that "no real scientist agrees with Dr. Velikovsky". The author, himself conservative, does indeed agree, as do others in orthodox scientific activities."
- "Velikovsky did not approach his thesis mathematically. He is criticized on the one hand for giving wrong quantities, and on the other for not giving any at all, as when he called Venus "hot". None of his critics seem aware that the same techniques they use in debate can "prove" the impossibility of many observed phenomena [..] Velikovsky is a "broad brush" scholar.".
Talbott also felt that:
- "Many people do not realize that the real hatred which Velikovsky engendered did not arise so much from his assertion of a disturbing and currently non-scientific thesis, but because he dared to speak out about matters which were, in 1950, the sacred and restricted province of "professionals." Who was Velikovsky to talk about the history of the ancient world; the Sun, the Moon and the stars; the movements of the solar system and the future of mankind? He cannot even read cuneiform and when he chooses authors who do read cuneiform, he chooses authors who do not agree with this or that self-assured scholar. He does not compute the trajectories of space vehicles at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), he has no prestigious degrees, and so forth and so on. Velikovsky's greatest sin, of course, is that he doesn't believe "they" have all the answers. He believes that there is still something left for him to say and that his individual talent is to be taken seriously."
On Scientists Confront Velikovsky
Talbott criticizes the book:
- "The new Cornell University Press publication, Scientists Confront Velikovsky, is truly a valuable documentary on professional debunking, prestige coteries and expert gamesmanship. I am pleased that this book was published; the egocentricity is amusing, and the book makes explicit what is usually done by gossip designed to demolish careers. In the future, when advances in physical science disclose the mechanism of gravity, it will be instructive to reexamine the confident arguments of the current celebrities.
- "The authors frame a superficially plausible but logically untenable hypothesis to explain "public interest" in Velikovsky's thesis, but avoid any serious discussion of professional interest. Donald Goldsmith inadvertently lets the cat out of the bag on page 22, in an astonishingly candid passage:
- "To many scientists, Velikovsky's lack of credentials, together with his rise to prominence in the public consciousness, placed him on a par with the nouveaux riches at a gathering of the Cabots and Lowells."
- "Both my Electronic Thermodynamics and my two-volume Philosophy and Unified Science have been used as university texts and references. The two-volume work trains students in advanced mathematics classical physics and modern physics.) Many reputable scientists, people who have lived productive careers in science and who had to be correct in order to hold their positions, believe that Velikovsky has much to teach us. Read the books, Velikovsky's and mine, before drawing conclusions about scientific ability. My books are relatively conventional, while some of Velikovsky's work is speculative, but no more so than much of what passes today for "orthodox science."
Derivation of Bohr Radius and Planck Constant
Talbott claims that:
- "In the February 1976 Notices of the American Mathematical Society, page A-284, I published a new equation for determining the Bohr radius without the use, implicit or explicit, or Planck's constant.(8) The equation is correct, clear, and derivable by intuitively lucid and classical methods of physics. Attempts have been made to show that the equation is wrong, that if it is correct then it and its derivation are not original, and failing both of these ploys, that it is trivial. Only when all three ploys fail, can the matter be ignored. It is significant and relevant to enter these facts for the record. The only fault in the derivation and equation is simplicity."
Ref.(8) in the quote is as follows:
- Published NOTICES, Feb. '76, American Math Society
- *76T-C14 Dr George Talbott, Pacific States University, 1516 So. Western Avenue, Los Angeles, California 90006. A classical derivation of fundamental quantities and of the key equations of modern atomic physics.
- Using only classical equations and techniques with a new geometrical mapping, all of the basic equations of modern atomic physics are deduced. The following equation is obtained by an independent deducation, showing the power of the method:
- Where b is the Bohr radius, e the unit electronic charge, m the electron mass, ωL = 2π fL, fL is the frequency of light emitted in a transition characterized by principal quantum number n1, n2, the above equation allows a new computation and direct measurement of the Bohr radius in terms of emitted light. A new deduction of Planck's constant and of electron total energy are also given. Derivations appear in the author's textbook, Electronic Thermodynamics, (Pacific States University Press, Los Angeles, California 1973), and in the new complete Philosophy and Unified Science.
- "The Cabots, the Lowells, and the Temperature of Venus", Kronos vol.4 No.2, Winter 1978
- "Heat Transfer Models, Hothouse Calculations, and the Temperature of Venus", Kronos vol.5 No.1, Fall 1979
- "Pharaoh Seti the Great and His Foreign Connections", Kronos vol.5 No.3, Spring 1980
- "Pharaoh Seti the (Great and His Foreign Connections - II", Kronos vol.8 No.3, Spring 1983
- "Seti's Foreign Connections", Kronos vol.12 No.2, Spring 1987
- "Quantitative Aspects Of Ancient Cosmology", Kronos vol.12 No.3, Spring 1988
- "Measurements of the Electromagnetic Properties of "Space"", George R. Talbott and Charles Ginenthal, Velikovskian vol.1 No.3, 1993
- "Revisiting The Temperature Of Venus", Velikovskian vol.1 No.3, 1993
- "Checking the Checkered Checker", Velikovskian vol.1 No.4, 1993
- "Measurements Of The Electromagnetic Properties Of "space"", Velikovskian vol.4 No.3, 1999
- "Kinetic Theory, Gravity, and Critical Fog", Aeon vol.5 No.4, Jul 1999
Books and pamphlets
- Electronic Thermodynamics, Publ. Lotus Press, 1973, ISBN 0914955969, 514 pages
- Philosophy and Unified Science, publ. Pacific States University Press, 1973, ISBN 0941524183, 508 pages
- Fermat's Last Theorum, Publ. Lotus Brands Inc, 1991, ISBN 0941524701, 90 pages
- Sir Arthur and Gravity, publ. George Robert Talbott, 1993, ISBN 0940985357, 242 pages
- George Robert Talbott, Phillip Heath Wood, Derivatives in Cardinal Arithmetic], Publ. Lotus Press (WI), 2002, ISBN 0940985322
- Finding Molecular Weight by Light Scatter: The Nobel Laureate Research of Peter Debye, By Lotus Press, 2002, ISBN 0940985284, 18 pages
- Lecomte Du Nouy and the Beauty of Precision, Publ. Lotus Press, 2002, ISBN 0940985306, 57 pages
- Gravity Research Project Report, Publ. Lotus Press, 2002, ISBN 0940985314, 10 pages
- Mostowski's Theorem in Digital Signal Processing, Publ. Lotus Press, 2002, ISBN 0940985292, 44 pages
- A Twelfth Dynasty Egyptian Papyrus, publ. Lotus Press, 2002, ISBN 0940985276, 37 pages
See also: George Robert Talbott at Lotus Press books
- ↑ George R. TalbottSocial Security Death Index, No. 567-26-9221, at FamilySearch.org
- ↑ George R. Talbott, "Revisiting The Temperature Of Venus", The Velikovskian, Vol 1 No 3 (1993)
- ↑ Aeon Volume V, Number 4, "Contributors"
- ↑ a b George Robert Talbott, "The Cabots, the Lowells, and the Temperature of Venus", Kronos Vol. IV No. 2 (Winter 1978)
- ↑ George R. Talbott, "Revisiting The Temperature Of Venus", The Velikovskian, Vol 1 No 3 (1993)
- ↑ George R Talbott, "Checking the Checkered Checker", The Velikovskian, Vol 1 No 4 (1993)
- ↑ George Robert Talbott, "Language and Thought in Ancient Egypt (Forum)", Kronos Vol. VI No. 1 (Fall 1980)
- US Patent #3690807, Nov 16, 1970, "Burner" with Douglas R. Paxton