Science: Can the Earth Capsize?

Scientists seem to enjoy making people's flesh creep with predictions of horrible catastrophes—scheduled for millions (or billions) of years in the future. Last week Electrical Engineer Hugh Auchincloss Brown of Douglaston, N.Y. warned (and got his theory broadcast by the normally cautious New York Times') that the earth is about to upset—any minute now—like an overloaded canoe. The trouble, Brown believes, is the weight of ice accumulating in the Antarctic: the earth is bottom-heavy.

Engineer Brown first got alarmed when he heard that woolly mammoths had been found frozen in Siberia. Their healthy appearance and the good cold-storage quality of their flesh...