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At the Lake
Before the Forum
At McCarter Theater
112 Mercer Street
Before the Chair of Jupiter
A Round Sun
In Einstein\u2019s Study
July 21, 1954
A Comet Grazing the Sun
The Four Plans of the Universe
March 4, 1955
March 11, 1955
The Last Letter
\u201cI Would Have Written to You\u201d
\u201cA Near Miss\u201d
The Last Meeting
The Last Week
This unpublished manuscript is a chronicle of Immanuel Velikovsky\u2019s contacts and
debates with Albert Einstein. The two men first met in the early 1920\u2019s, when
Einstein edited the Mathematica et Physica section of Scripta Universitatis atque
Velikovsky begins his story in 1952, with a brief meeting at the lake in Princeton
between the Velikovskys and Einstein. Velikovsky saw this meeting as a low point in
the relationship between himself and Einstein. He then reviews, in a lengthy
flashback, the contacts of the previous thirty years. Next he turns to the main subject
of this book, the series of letters and conversations from 1952 to 1955 that were the
setting of the ongoing debate between Einstein and Velikovsky on the subject of
Velikovsky\u2019s theories, especially the role of electromagnetic factors in the celestial
arena. By the end of Einstein\u2019s life, areas of disagreement between the two men
remained, but those areas had been greatly reduced during the course of their
increasingly cordial and productive discussions.
In the dark hours before morning, at the crossing of the Yabbok, flowing into the Jordan, Jacob struggled with a man whom he did not know; and the stranger, upon seeing the sky beginning to redden in the east, asked Jacob:
The title of this book is taken from this story in Genesis (32:24-27). The reader will
find out at which juncture of our relations I exchanged this ancient dialogue with
For long months we carried on a struggle by written and spoken word; the subject of
the struggle dealt with invisible but real forces, whether they do or do not take part in
the movements of the silent mechanism that carries worlds on their paths. My claim
of the participation of electromagnetic fields and their interrelations in the structure of
the universe was opposed by him almost to the last, and this wasthe issue of the
dispute. The Morning Star was also a subject of our contention.
The main story starts in August 1952, though there were some exchanges also earlier.
We defined our positions, he in brief, I at length. Then, after an interruption of over a
year, we came to closer grips. In letters (testimonials to the stands we took) in his
marginal notes to manuscripts of mine, and in discussions that went sometimes nearly
till midnight, we were not sparing of each other.
Before the debate started there certainly was in my opponent a preconceived stand
which he shared with so many men of science who could not see in my published
work any vrai- semblance of scientific truth. Yet as soon as the contact became
personal it grew in warmth, and a reciprocal affection developed between us,
unyielding as we were.
I believe it was not until our two long discussions accompanying the reading of my
paper \u201cOn the Four Plans of the Universe\u201d less than seven weeks before his death that
my opponent fully comprehended my stand. By that time he had also read Worlds in
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