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Photo from the back of the book dust cover. The caption reads: "Hugh Auchincloss Brown holds the "Doomsday Toy," illustrating his theory of the shift in the earth's axis, which is precipitated by the interaction of a polar ice-cap with the force of gravity".

Hugh Auchincloss Brown (23 December 1879 – 19 November 1975) was an electrical engineer best known for advancing a theory of catastropic pole shift. Brown claimed that massive accumulation of ice at the geographical pole caused recurring tipping of the axis in cycles of approximately 4000-7500 years. Brown argued that because the earth wobbles on the axis and the crust slides on the mantle, a shift was demonstrably imminent, and suggested the use of nuclear explosions to break-up the ice to forestall catastrophe.


  • Popular awakening concerning the impending flood (privately printed 1948)
  • Cataclysms of the Earth (1967) online at

External links

  • “Can the Earth Capsize?” Time 13 September *Robert Plumb (August 30, 1948). "Engineer Says Vast Polar Ice Cap Could Tip Earth Over at Any Time", The New York Times, p. 19.
  • "Economist Disputes Theory That Polar Ice Cap Perils Earth", The New York Times (August 31, 1948).
  • "Antarctic Doomsday, An Editorial", New York Times (September 1, 1948).
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