By Jacques Vallee
Identified largely as an investigator of the unidentified flying object phenomenon and a technology fiction novelist, the French-born Vallee (now a resident of the united states) has additionally labored as a working laptop or computer scientist in either academia and undefined. UFOlogists won't locate the solutions to all in their questions right here, for even though Vallee believes that UFOs exist, he has no thought simply what they're. Therein lies the distinction of his excellent diary: it deals a glimpse into the brain of a scientist who turns out to problem each preconception and tested piety. To his educational education as a mathematician and scientist, which under pressure rational techniques to difficulties, Vallee has introduced an curiosity within the mystical, the psychical, and the magical. He has been a Rosicrucian and has studied the works of historic scientists like Paracelsus. His diary is replete with profoundly insightful, usually devastating observations concerning the strengths and weaknesses of France and the united states, their teachers and their researchers in undefined.
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Life in my little room is reduced to bare threads. I have passed a new batch of examinations. I will gladly walk away from the Sorbonne, clutching my science diploma. Janine only comes to see me in the evening, when she mends my unstable existence. She has completed her Master's degree in psychology, and the Administration has reassigned her to a school in Amiens. Emotionally, we are both ready to leave Paris behind. Already, she has moved her things out of her own room. My thoughts are already shifting to the flat landscapes of the North of France, to the city of Lille where we have already made a few quick explorations together.
Contemporary artists from Varese to Pierre Schaeffer and from Dali to Miro have already destroyed the old standards and the old morality, bringing the blast of their dynamite all the way into the exploded language, freeing up design and painting, yet science still follows the ancient models. It too will have to be shaken up. Then everything will have to be rebuilt within a society that doesn't provide us with any useful models. Paris. 13 November 1958. A kind of quiet harmony is spreading around me.
A letter mailed today to Aime Michel provides him with the track of the Bayonne-Vichy line computed as a great circle of the earth. I did the first calculations by hand, using only the two end points. But that will already enable him to plot the coordinates on a map and to verify his hypothesis, using foreign cases this time, well beyond the French borders. Paris. 24 September 1961. Aime Michel has answered me: the great circle was remarkable, he wrote. Intrigued, I called him on the phone this afternoon from the subway station.
Forbidden Science: Journals 1957-1969 by Jacques Vallee