Forbidden Science: Journals, 1957-1969

Forbidden Science: Journals, 1957-1969

by Jacques Vallee
     
 

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Going beyond his best-selling Alien Contact trilogy: Dimensions, Confrontations and Revelations, Forbidden Science is also the richly personal story of a young Frenchman fascinated with the stars and the sky. Vallee becomes an astrophysicist and computer scientist in the nascent French computer industry, leaving France in 1962 for the United States to pursue work in…  See more details below

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Going beyond his best-selling Alien Contact trilogy: Dimensions, Confrontations and Revelations, Forbidden Science is also the richly personal story of a young Frenchman fascinated with the stars and the sky. Vallee becomes an astrophysicist and computer scientist in the nascent French computer industry, leaving France in 1962 for the United States to pursue work in the early computer languages - and work with other scientists on the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects. When the Air Force funded a major university to evaluate sightings of UFOs in 1967, Dr. Vallee and his mentor, Professor J. Allen Hynek, were part of the first briefing. Day by day he details in this beautifully written journal how "the problem" became not just a proliferation of sightings, but a complex, layered public relations challenge. Debates developed not only on the study of these new phenomena, but on the way they were explained to the American people. Dr. Vallee reveals the process by which major American scientists already had been led astray by the intelligence community as early as 1953, for reasons that had little to do with the pursuit of scientific knowledge. Behind closed doors, and without the knowledge of the public, secret data and classified recommendations were evaluated and debated by faceless analysts. "The problem" was never studied at the high intellectual level which a phenomenon refuting so many known scientific values would seem to demand. Moving beyond the question of the possible reality of unidentified flying objects, a mystery he does not claim to explain, Dr. Vallee asks, If science refuses to deal with such topics, then what is science for? Forbidden Science questions how we use scientific research to describe anomalous phenomena in the physical world and challenges us to face our assumptions about ourselves and the tenuous concept we call reality.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Known principally as an investigator of the UFO phenomenon ( Dimensions ) and a science fiction novelist, the French-born Vallee (now a resident of the U.S.) has also worked as a computer scientist in both academia and industry. Ufologists will not find the answers to all of their questions here, for although Vallee believes that UFOs exist, he has no idea just what they are. Therein lies the excellence of his dazzling diary: it offers a glimpse into the mind of a scientist who seems to challenge every preconception and established piety. To his academic training as a mathematician and scientist, which stressed rational approaches to problems, Vallee has brought an interest in the mystical, the psychical, the paranormal. He has been a Rosicrucian and has studied the works of ancient scientists like Paracelsus. His diary is replete with profoundly insightful, often devastating observations about the strengths and weaknesses of France and the U.S., their academics and their researchers in industry. Photos. (Sept.)
Library Journal
Vallee's Anatomy of a Phenomenon ( LJ 6/1/65) was one of the first popular studies of UFOs written by a scientist. A computer specialist, Vallee became interested in UFOs after seeing an unidentified flying object near his home in France. His journals encompass a major portion of his professional life: his initial training in astronomy, his emigration to the United States, and his close association with J. Allen Hynek, noted adviser to the U.S. Air Force on UFOs. Vallee admits that he is no closer to an explanation now than he was 25 years ago as to what these objects represent. His research, however, points toward a paranormal answer, a theme he explored in Passport to Magonia ( LJ 9/15/69). Vallee characterizes the scientific community's lack of attention to UFO research as ``one of the great intellectual failures of this century'' and argues that U.S. government agencies have kept the best UFO data hidden and have shamelessly manipulated the public record. Vallee's journals comprise a fascinating intellectual odyssey that will be enjoyed by anyone interested in open inquiry tempered by rational thought. Recommended for most libraries.-- Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Lib.
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"A computer specialist, Vallee became interested in UFOs after seeing an unidentified flying object near his home in France. His journals encompass a major portion of his professional life: his initial training in astronomy, his emigration to the United States, and his close association with J. Allen Hynek, noted adviser to the U.S. Air Force on UFOs. Vallee admits that he is no closer to an explanation now than he was 25 years ago as to what these objects represent. His research, however, points toward a paranormal answer. Vallee characterizes the scientific community's lack of attention to UFO research as "one of the great intellectual failures of this century" and argues that U.S. government agencies have kept the best UFO data hidden and have shamelessly manipulated the public record. Vallee's journals comprise a fascinating intellectual odyssey that will be enjoyed by anyone interested in open inquiry tempered by rational thought."
-Gary D. Barber, SUNY at Fredonia Library, Library Journal

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781569248089
Publisher:
Da Capo Press
Publication date:
06/17/1996
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.61(d)

Meet the Author

Dr. Jacques Vallee is a leading researcher on the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects world-wide. Born in France, he studied astrophysics, and received his Ph.D. in computer science in 1967 from Northwestern University. The real-life model for the French scientist played by Francois Truffant in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Dr. Vallee's books have sold well over a million copies in many languages.

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