[UCP Books]: The Pseudoscience Wars: Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe

Now in Paperback

“Those who are interested in how bad ideas start, how they diffuse, how they covet and resist confrontation, and how they wax and wane in popularity over time will find much food for thought in this gripping book.”
Immanuel Velikovsky and the Birth of the Modern Fringe

Michael D. Gordin


Publication date: September 3, 2013 $17.50 • £12.50
International publication date: September 10, 2013   Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-10172-9

“Scholarly and highly readable. . . . Gordin’s historical analysis of pseudoscience remains disturbingly relevant.”
“A slyly funny writer. . . . Make no mistake: Gordin’s sympathies are not with the occult. His fascination with pseudoscience is more like a negative method: the experts define the boundaries of their domain by fending off the quacks. For Gordin, pseudoscience is an instrument by which he takes the temperature of the past. . . . . The Pseudoscience Wars is a relatively slim volume, but Gordin siphons into it an overwhelming amount of information.”
New Republic
“Gordin . . . is remarkably evenhanded. . . . This won’t put an end to the debates that rage between legitimate scientific research and other fringe doctrines, but it does lay the Velikovsky affair to rest with fairness and clarity and will help to put into perspective many of the controversies swirling around today’s scientific landscape. A good read for those interested in the history of science or pseudoscientific theories.”
Library Journal
Michael D. Gordin is professor of history at Princeton University and the author of a number of books, including Red Cloud at Dawn: Truman, Stalin, and the End of the Atomic Monopoly. He lives in Princeton, New Jersey, a block from the house where Immanuel Velikovsky lived for twenty-seven years. He is available for interviews.
Please contact Levi Stahl at (773) 702-0289 or lstahl@press.uchicago.edu for more information.


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