July 21, 1954
On July 21st, 1954 our meeting again took place in Einsteins study,
and lasted for three hours, from 8:30 pm to 11:30 pm. When in our conversation
I reminded him that in 1946 he had agreed that the causes of the global
catastrophes were extraterrestrial, he answered:
Einstein still found attractive Hapgoods theory that ice covers growing asymmetrically caused the Earths crust to slide. He wished to explain the catastrophes as the result of forces in the Earth itself. I asked how asymmetries of a few degrees could bring the ice covers to latitudes of 45 degrees where the crust would be the most liable to disbalancing. I also pointed out that his rejection of the theory of isostasy, which claims that mountain ranges rest on deep subterranean structures, undermines Hapgoods position about the sliding of the Earths crust.
The conversation turned to my claim of the participation of electromagnetic forces in celestial mechanics. I said, All the sciencesneurology, physiology, physics, and chemistryrecognize the overwhelming role of electromagnetic forces; only astronomy lives in an age before kerosene, in the age of candles. Einstein agreed with the thought I had expressed in my letter to him that it is my introduction of electromagnetic forces into celestial mechanics that caused the vehement opposition of the scientists. I explained to him that these matters are not discussed in Worlds in Collision, and read him a sentence from the Epilogue of that book: