Albert Einstein and Immanuel
Velikovsky were friends for many years.
In 1946 Velikovsky discussed his idea's of an encounter with Venus in the
last few thousands years causing a pole shift accounting for much of ancient
legend. He left Einstein a draft of his book Worlds in Collisions.
Below is the letter of response
from Einstein. The two remained friends
for years after this. Einstein was interested in the historical record
that might include a catastrophic event of extraterrestrial origin
(comet, asteroid, ect) but from his knowledge of physics he knew that a
a pole shift and encounter with Venus in the last few thousand years
were both impossible.
July 8, 1946
Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky
526 West 113 Str.
New York City
Dear Mr. Velikovsky:
I have read
the whole book about the planet Venus.
There is much of interest in the book which proves that
in fact catastrophes have taken place which must be
attributed to extraterrestrial causes. However it is
evident to every sensible physicist that these catast-
rophes can have nothing to do with the planet Venus and
that also the direction of the inclination of the
terrestrial axis towards the ecliptic could not have under-
gone a considerable change without the total destruction
of the earth's entire crust. It were best in my opinion
if you would in this way revise your books, which contain
truly valuable material. If you cannot decide on this,
then what is valuable in your deliberations will become
ineffective, and it would be difficult finding a sensible
publisher who would take the risk of such a heavy setback
I tell you
this in writing and return to you your manu-
script, since I will not be free on the considered days.
greetings, also to your daughter,