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About the author:
Alfred de Grazia was born in 1919 in Chicago. PhD University of Chicago. He fought in six campaigns in WWII. He taught political science at U. of Minnesota, Brown U., Stanford U., and NYU, and as a guest lecturer in many university in the United States and abroad. He published over twenty books in the field of political science. He met Immanuel Velikovsky in 1963 and published "The Velikovsky Affair." He created the field of Quantavolution and authored eleven books in the field of catastrophism and ancient history. He created the magazine "The American Behavioral Scientist" and was a pioneer in computerized information retrieval in the social sciences, creating the "Universal Reference System" in the 1960s. His 2-million-visitors/y website "" is another pioneering effort in the field of personal archives. He also wrote poetry, plays and autobiographical works, as well as a three volume History of the United States: "America's History Retold."

Cosmic Heretics

A personal history of attempts to establish and resist theories of quantavolution and catastrophe in the natural and human sciences, 1963 to 1983.

Authored by Alfred de Grazia
Edition: 2

Cosmic Heretics offers a stimulating first-hand account of the inner circle of Immanuel Velikovsky, an important point of view for anyone interested in the life of the author of Worlds in Collision.

Prof. Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University (History of Science)

"Alfred de Grazia was entering his forty-fourth year when he met self-styled cosmic heretic, Immanuel Velikovsky, who was already sixty-seven, and for the next twenty years a wide band of life's spectrum was colored by their relationship. As with a love affair, all that happened in the beginning presaged what would happen later, stretched out on the scale of time, themes doubling back upon themselves, attractions and reservations never to be erased...

As the winter days of 1962 became 1963 in Princeton, New Jersey, 08540 U.S.A., families and friends gathered into clusters like the last of the leaves, so that half-consciously and driven by eddies of customs and calendar, de Grazia saw more of his friends like Livio Catullus Stecchini and of his brother Sebastian. He did not know Velikovsky, and if he had been asked about him, he would have replied that he had never heard of him...

This he confessed when Livio Stecchini, as they walked along Nassau Street on that cold day, brought up the matter, disjointedly, as happens with men walking down the street to no end, old friends whose thoughts needed no introduction nor conclusion... Their conversation would have gone something like this:

"There is a man in Princeton with good material on the scientific establishment... Cosmogonist... They suppressed his books."

"What do you mean, suppressed his books?"

"They smeared him."

"Like Reich? Like Semmelweis?"


"What does he do?"

"He lives here. He writes."

"About what?"

"Mythology, astronomy, the Bible, ancient catastrophes... I can introduce you. We can go to his house. He lives on Hartley Avenue."

"Down near the Lake."

"To take a look at his stuff."

"Maybe... What's his name?"


"Never heard of him."

Publication Date:
1603770844 / 9781603770842
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Biography & Autobiography / Scientists / General

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