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If the question were ‘Is Velikovsky gone?,’ the answer would be yes. Immanuel Velikovsky died last November; but was that the end of an ‘era’? Picture a scientist, born in the 19th century, who obtained degrees in mathematics, medicine, and law, and who through the practice of these varied fields moved into psychology. He made a final progression toward history and religion that resulted in the creation of a sort of broad synthesis of ideas of the history of the earth and planets. These events may mark an era in themselves, but the era in question and of relevance to geophysics is the one during which Velikovsky's published work ran counter to conventional thought by interjecting events of astronomy, paleontology, and religion to the historical record of man.