Originally posted by Essan
The problem isn't the number of sites that fit, it's the number of sites that don't fit...... There are thousands of ancient sites: it would be possible to draw hundreds of lines in all directions linking them in different ways.
For the theoiry to work there has to be something thatv singles out these specific site only - something that makes them, and them alone, different from everywhere else.
Albert Einstein wrote about Charles Hapgood's theory of earth crust displacement in a letter (14 January 1954) to William Farrington of the Department of Geology and Minerology at the University of Massachusetts.
I obtained this letter from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation in July 1995. The then Vice President G. Thomas Tanselle was kind enough to send it along with Einstein's "Confidential Report on Candidate for Fellowship" (strongly supporting Hapgood for a fellowship) dated 18 November 1954.
I cannot post this letter as it is copyright protected by Albert Einstein's Archives, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and William Farrington.
The mathematics in the letter are beyond me but I have tried to interest qualified scientists (e.g, Robert Schoch, Victor Clube) but none have been willing to make a public statement about it.
"I think that the idea of Mr. Hapgood has to be taken quite seriously."
-That Einstein character
Charles Hapgood first came to public attention in the mid-1950s with his theory of earth crust displacement, a radical geological idea which attracted the curiosity and support of Albert Einstein. The Einstein-Hapgood correspondence is a forgotten page in the history of science. Rose and I obtained these letters (ten from Einstein to Hapgood) from Albert Einstein's Archives in the Fall of 1995. They show, for the first time, just how extensively Albert Einstein was involved in assisting Charles Hapgood in the development of the theory. This correspondence is detailed in The Atlantis Blueprint. Here is a brief summary:
In his second reply (24 November 1952) to Hapgood, Einstein wrote that the idea of earth crust displacement should not be ruled out "apriori" just because it didn't fit with what we wanted to believe about the earth's past. What was needed, Einstein claimed, was solid "geological and paleontological facts."
For six months, Hapgood gathered geological evidence to support the idea of an earth crust displacement. On the 3rd of May 1953 he forwarded thirty-eight pages of this evidence to Einstein. Central to his argument was Hapgood's evidence that Lesser Antarctica was ice-free at the same time that North America lay smothered in ice. Einstein responded (8 May 1953):
"I find your arguments very impressive and have the impression that your hypothesis is correct. One can hardly doubt that significant shifts of the crust have taken place repeatedly and within a short time."
He urged Hapgood to follow up on evidence of "earth fractures". A month later
(11 June 1953) Hapgood sent Einstein forty-two pages of evidence on earth fractures and the evolution of the ice sheets.
Einstein wrote (17 December 1953) Hapgood urging him to address the "centrifugal momentum" problem. Hapgood responded with four pages on this problem and thirty-seven pages of "paleontological evidence" including the frozen mammoths of Arctic Siberia. Einstein was now convinced. On the 18th of May 1954, Einstein wrote a very favorable foreword for Hapgood's book EARTH'S SHIFTING CRUST: A KEY TO SOME BASIC PROBLEMS OF EARTH SCIENCE (published in 1958 by Pantheon Books, New York). The Foreword begins:
"I frequently receive communications from people who wish to consult me concerning their unpublished ideas. It goes without saying that these ideas 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 to everything that is related to the history of the earth's surface. ... I think that this rather astonishing, even fascinating, idea deserves the serious attention of anyone who concerns himself with the theory of the earth's development."
Hapgood and Einstein continued to correspond and finally met in January of 1955.
Einstein's last letter was dated the 9th of March 1955 just weeks before the great physicist died on the 18th of April 1955.
Einstein's Archives are held in Jerusalem (with copies at Princeton) where they hold the record of an unique and unheralded collaboration on the theory of earth crust displacement.
We began corresponding with Hapgood in 1977.