Velikovsky and the Recent History of the Solar System

Velikovsky and the Recent History of the Solar System was a conference held at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, between June 17-19, 1974. Sponsored by the Student Academic Freedom Forum (publisher of Pensée), it included six invited speakers.


Invited Papers

  • Professor Sergei Vsekhsvyatskii, Director, Kiev Observatory, Kiev, U.S.S.R.

    The Origin of Comets: Eruptive and Catastrophic Processes in the Solar System

  • Professor Irving Michelson, Department of Mechanics and Mechanical Aerospace Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology

    Celestial ELECTROmechanics and Velikovsky’s Catastrophism

  • Dr. Willis Webb, Department of Physics, University of Texas (El Paso)

    The Electrical Structure of the Earth

  • Professor Claude Schaeffer, Chaire d’Archéologie de L’Asie Occidentale, College de France

    The Destruction of Ancient Cities

  • Dr. William Mullen, Hodder Fellow in the Humanities, Princeton University:

    Myth and the Science of Catastrophism: The Mesoamerican Record

  • Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky, author of Worlds in Collision, Earth in Upheaval, :Ages in Chaos, and Oedipus and Akhnaton:

    Man and the Universe at the Dawn of the Space Age

Additional participants


The following is taken verbatim from the promotional literature:



INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, June 17-19, 1974

This coming June McMaster University will host an international gathering of scholars to examine the recent history of the solar system in the light of Velikovsky’s work.

Sponsored by the Student Academic Freedom Forum (publisher of Pensee), the multidisciplinary symposium will encompass the physical sciences, archaeology, and historical and mythological interpretation. All will be brought to bear on the question, “Has the Earth suffered major catastrophes during historical times?”

Date and Location

The three-day symposium will convene June 17-19, 1974, on the McMaster University campus. Located about 40 miles southwest of Toronto, in Hamilton, Ontario, McMaster is 60 miles northwest of Buffalo, New York. Toronto maintains a modern international airport.

Scope and Format

Six “Invited Papers” are listed on this page. In addition to these, there will be many other papers, respondent panels, seminars and workshops. Emphasis will be laid on the critical evaluation, by technically qualified individuals, of all arguments put forth, combined with intensive interdisciplinary “cross-fertilization.” Examples of some of the broad subject areas to be discussed: Earth geology and catastrophism; the lunar, Martian, and Venusian surfaces; eruptive and catastrophic processes in the solar system; radioactive dating methods; cometary origins; archaeological evidences for catastrophism; the relation between myth and history; approaches to ancient historical records; and the reception of new ideas by science.

The original researches of several scholars other than Velikovsky will be considered and their implications for the recent history of the solar system analyzed. For example, S. K. Vsekhsvyatskii’s theory of cometary origins and Claude Schaeffer’s archaeological work on the destruction levels of ancient cities will come under intensive discussion.

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