Charles Hapgood’s Book: The Earth’s Shifting Crust, Republished in 1970 As: Path of The Pole, Read Einstein’s Foreword
“I frequently receive communications from people who wish to consult me concerning their unpublished ideas. It goes without saying that these ides are very seldom possessed of scientific validity. The very first communication, however, that I received from Mr. Hapgood electrified me. His idea is original, of great simplicity, and–if it continues to prove itself–of great importance everything that is related to the history of the earth’s surface.
A great many empirical data indicate that at each point on the earth’s surface that has been carefully studied, many climactic changes have taken place, apparently quite suddenly. This, according to Hapgood, is explicable if the virtually rigid outer crust of the earth undergoes, from time to time, extensive displacement over the viscous, plastic, possibly fluid inner layers. Such Displacements may take place as the consequence of comparatively slight forces exerted on the crust, derived from the earth’s momentum of rotation, which in turn will tend to alter the axis of rotation of the earth’s crust.
In a polar region there is continual deposition of ice, which is not symmetrically distributed about the pole. The earth’s rotation acts on these unsymmetrically deposited masses, and produces centrifugal momentum that is transmitted to the rigid crust of the earth. The constantly increasing centrifugal momentum produced in this way will, when it has reached a certain point, produce a movement of the earth’s crust over the rest of the earth’s body, and this will displace the polar regions toward the equator.
Without a doubt the earth’s crust is strong enough not to give way proportionately as the ice is deposited. The only doubtful assumption is that the earth’s crust can be moved easily enough over the inner layers.”
–Albert Einstein, 1958
Einstein wrote the foreword to Charles Hapgood’s “The Earth’s Shifting Crust” (1958), which was later republished as “The Path to the Pole” (1970)
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