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Kronos Journal

Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis published articles on a wide range of subjects as diverse as ancient history, catastrophism, mythology, and Vellikovsky's ideas[1]. It ran 44 issues from the Spring of 1975 to the Spring of 1988[2]. The title is an homage to the Greek name for the Roman god Saturn whose planetary namesake Velikovsky believed Earth once orbited as a satellite. The Journal was not only influenced by the work of Immanuel Velikovsky,[3] it was "founded, with no apologies, to deal with Velikovsky's work"; [4] but as noted by then Professor of Social Theory Alfred de Grazia at New York University, and co-author of The Velikovsky Affair, "This is not to say that the directors of Kronos were uncritical"[5]. The journal was published by Kronos Press, a division of Cosmos and Chronos (a US-registered 501(c) organization). Its subscription list grew to about 2000[6] and then settled to about 1500 people from 10 countries.[7][2] Actually, in 1980 the United States and Canada accounted for 93% of circulation with the balance in 20 foreign countries.[8]

Contents

Notable issues

The two most notable issues of Kronos were also published as books:

Both issues concern the criticism of Velikovsky by scientists at the 1974 AAAS meeting in San Francisco (Mon Feb 25, 1974) in a session "Velikovsky's Challenge to Science"[9], whose papers were subsequently published in the book Scientists Confront Velikovsky (1977)[10] (with exception of the papers from Velikovsky himself and Irving Michelson, and additional papers by the editor, Goldsmith, Isaac Asimov and David Morrison).

History

Kronos was founded in October 1974, by (1) then Associate Professor of Art History Lewis M. Greenberg of the Moore College of Art (Philadelphia), whose title was Editor-in-Chief, (2) with financing, production, and management being coordinated by then Associate Professor of Religion Warner B. Sizemore at Glassboro State College as Executive Editor, and (3) by then Professor of History Robert H. Hewsen at Glassboro State College as the first Senior Editor who was also Director of the Center for Velikovskian and Interdisciplinary Studies at Glassboro State College.[11] With the completion of volume XII in May 1988, the Editor-in-Chief announced "KRONOS will go on hiatus with the expectation that a publication schedule can be resumed some time in 1990."[12] The hiatus became permanent with Greenberg later affiliating in various editorial capacities with AEON and The Velikovskian while continuing to manage KRONOS Press with its short list of monographs.

Staff and advisers

In his book Beyond Velikovsky, author Henry H. Bauer commented on a number of pro-Velikovskian journals, including Kronos, and notes that:

"Contributors to these journals range from orthodox specialists who expound some aspect of their specialty, at times in criticism of Velikovskian ideas, through established specialists who keep an open mind about various aspects of Velikovsky's scenario, to the real aficionados. There are people with impeccable credentials here; see, for example, the staff of Kronos, which was listed together with professional identifications in each issue of the first five volumes of that journal: anthropologists, philosophers, physicists, psychologists, and others holding responsible positions in and outside academia."[7]

Typical editorial and staff list

From Kronos Vol.III No. 2 (Nov 1977)

Editorial

Staff

  • Robert W. Bass (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins), Rhodes Scholar, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, Utah: Senior Editor.
  • Lewis M. Greenberg (M.A., A.B.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania), Associate Professor of Art History and Chairman of the Dept. of Art History and Social Sciences, Moore College of Art (Philadelphia): Editor-in-Chief.
  • David Griffard (Ph.D., Univ. of Pittsburgh) Associate Professor of Psychology, Community College of Allegheny County (Pittsburgh): Senior Editor
  • Richard F. Haines (Ph.D., Michigan State Univ.), Research Member of NASA Ames Research Center (Mountain View): Associate Editor.
  • Robert H. Hewsen (Ph.D., Georgetown Univ.), Professor of History, Glassboro State College (Glassboro, N.J.): Senior Editor.
  • Peter J. James (B.A. - Hons. - Birmingham Univ.); Archaeologist and Assistant Editor of the SIS Review: Senior Editor.
  • Frederic B. Jueneman (B.A., San Francisco State Univ.), Director/Research, Innovative Concepts Associates (San Jose, Calif.): Associate Editor.
  • Ralph E. Juergens (B.S., Case-Western Reserve), Civil Engineer (Flagstaff, Arizona): Senior Editor.
  • David Lorton (Ph.D., Johns Hopkins), Egyptologist, Associate Research Scholar at the Johns Hopkins Univ.: Associate Editor.
  • Earl Milton (Ph.D., Univ. of Alberta), Spectroscopist, Associate Professor, Dept. of Physics, Univ of Lethbridge (Alberta): Associate Editor.
  • Alan Parry (Ph.D., Univ. of California, Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley), Head of the Univ. Counseling Centre, Univ. of Lethbridge (Alberta): Associate Editor.
  • A. Mann Paterson (Ph.D. SUNY-Buffalo), Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-College-Buffalo: Associate Editor.
  • C. J. Ransom (Ph.D., Univ. of Texas, Austin), Physicist, General Dynamics Corp. (Fort Worth): Senior Editor.
  • Lynn E. Rose (Ph.D., Univ. of Pennsylvania), Professor of Philosophy, SUNY-Buffalo: Senior Lditor.
  • Warner B. Sizemore (M.A., Temple Univ., B.D., Lincoln University), Assistant Professor of Religion, Glassboro State College: Executive Editor.
  • Raymond C. Vaughan (B.S., SUNY-Empire State College), Research Technician, Graphic Controls Corp. (Buffalo): Associate Editor.
  • John D. Waskom (Ph.D.. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), Professor of Geology, Northwestern State Univ. of Louisiana, Natchitoches, Louisiana: Associate Editor.
  • Roger W. Wescott (Ph.D., Princeton Univ.), Rhodes Scholar, Professor of Anthropology & Linguistics, Drew Univ. (Madison. N.J.), and Past President of LACUS: Senior Editor
  • Irving Wolfe (Ph.D. Univ. of Bristol, England), Associate Professor of English at the Université de Montreal: Senior Editor.

Issue schedule

  • Kronos Vol. I, No. 1 Spring 1975
  • Kronos Vol. I, No. 2 Summer 1975
  • Kronos Vol. I, No. 3 Fall 1975
  • Kronos Vol. I, No. 4 Winter 1976
  • Kronos Vol. II, No. 1 August 1976
  • Kronos Vol. II, No. 2 November 1976
  • Kronos Vol. II, No. 3 February 1977
  • Kronos Vol. II, No. 4 Summer 1977
  • Kronos Vol. III, No. 1 Fall 1977
  • Kronos Vol. III, No. 2 Winter 1977
  • Kronos Vol. III, No. 3 Spring 1978
  • Kronos Vol. III, No. 4 Summer 1978
  • Kronos Vol. IV, No. 1 Fall 1978
  • Kronos Vol. IV, No. 2 Winter 1978
  • Kronos Vol. IV, No. 3 Spring 1979
  • Kronos Vol. IV, No. 4 Summer 1979
  • Kronos Vol. V, No. 1 Fall 1979
  • Kronos Vol. V, No. 2 Winter 1980
  • Kronos Vol. V, No. 3 Spring 1980
  • Kronos Vol. V, No. 4 Summer 1980
  • Kronos Vol. VI, No. 1 Fall 1980
  • Kronos Vol. VI, No. 2 Winter 1981
  • Kronos Vol. VI, No. 3 Spring 1981
  • Kronos Vol. VI, No. 4 Summer 1981
  • Kronos Vol. VII, No. 1 Fall 1981
  • Kronos Vol. VII, No. 2 Winter 1982
  • Kronos Vol. VII, No. 3 Spring-1982
  • Kronos Vol. VII, No. 4 Summer 1982
  • Kronos Vol. VIII, No. 1 Fall 1982
  • Kronos Vol. VIII, No. 2 Winter-1983
  • Kronos Vol. VIII, No. 3 Spring 1983
  • Kronos Vol. VIII, No. 4 Summer 1983
  • Kronos Vol. IX, No. 1 Fall 1983
  • Kronos Vol. IX, No. 2 Winter 1984
  • Kronos Vol. IX, No. 3 Summer 1984
  • Kronos Vol. X, No. 1 Fall 1984
  • Kronos Vol. X, No. 2 Winter 1985
  • Kronos Vol. X, No. 3 Summer 1985
  • Kronos Vol. XI, No. 1 Fall 1985
  • Kronos Vol. XI, No. 2 Winter 1986
  • Kronos Vol. XI, No. 3 Summer 1986
  • Kronos Vol. XII, No. 1 Winter 1987
  • Kronos Vol. XII, No. 2 Spring 1987
  • Kronos Vol. XII, No. 3 Spring-1988

See also

Notes

  1. McAulay, R., "Velikovsky and the infrastructure of science]", Theory and Society (1978) 6:313. doi:10.1007/BF01715454
  2. a b Michael D. Gordin, The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe, "Chapter 6: Strangest Bedfellows", University of Chicago Press, 2012, ISBN 0226304426, 9780226304427, 291 pages (page 188)
  3. Kronos: A Journal of Interdisciplinary Synthesis. Vol.1 No. 1 (Spring 1975) "Editorial Statement". ISSN: 0361-6584
  4. Greenberg, Lewis M. (1993). Of Ponderosas and Heinekens. Aeon, 3 (2), 82.
  5. Alfred de Grazia, Cosmic Heretics, "Ch. 5. The British Connection", October 1984, Metron Publ. 397pp. ISBN-10: 0940268086
  6. Waldron, Ann (1980). "Velikovsky Lives!" Science Digest Special, Sept/Oct, p. 94.
  7. a b Henry H. Bauer, Beyond Velikovsky: The History of a Public Controversy, (1984) University of Illinois Press, ISBN: 0-252-011-4-X. This book is described as "A very valuable contribution to the literature on a major controversy" by NASA Institute director Robert Jastrow, and, "Bauer's remarkable book will be viewed, even by Velikovskians, as a great improvement over previous critical studies" by (Prof) Marcello Truzzi
  8. Subscriber List in archives of C. Leroy Ellenberger. These statistics were not available to Bauer who restricted his research to public information.
  9. American Association for the Advancement of Science, 140th Annual Meeting, Feb 24 - Mar 1, 1974, p.23
  10. Donald Goldsmith (ed), Scientists Confront Velikovsky, Cornell University Press (1977), ASIN: B000IOYTSW
  11. "A Center for Velikovskian and Interdisciplinary Studies", Kronos Vol. I No. 1 (Spring 1975)
  12. Greenberg, Lewis M. (1988) KRONOS, 12 (3), inside front cover.

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