Known principally as an investigator of the UFO phenomenon 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, and 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.
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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.From 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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