Glacial Cosmogony (Welteislehre)

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Glacial Cosmogony (German: "Glazialkosmogonie"), also known as Welteislehre (English: "World Ice Doctrine", also translated as "World Ice Theory") is a cosmogonic hypothesis that holds "the cosmic polarity of a hot substance and ice is the driving force of all changes,"[1] in particular the attractive force of gravity (union) and the expansive force of water vapor (separation), and that the stars and planets have formed as a result of collisions with ice masses, and that sunspots are a consequence of cosmic ice falling into the Sun, an event that restores energy lost as solar radiation by introducing kinetic energy from the falling body. The concept was first proposed by Hanns Hörbiger, an Austrian engineer, based on a vision he stated he had received in 1894, and was developed with Philipp Fauth from 1898, the two collaborating to produce Hörbigers Glazial-Kosmogonie (1925), the main work on the subject.

Among the adherents of the theory was Max Valier, who wrote and lectured on the subject extensively.



  1. Essers, p. 33 ("Glacial Cosmogony 1894-1923"): "The basic idea of glacial cosmogony is the assumption that everywhere in the universe as far as is accessible to our eyes and astronomical apparatus, the cosmic polarity of a hot substance and ice is the driving force of all changes. The total cosmic effect of forces can be explained from the common force of gravity (also called gravitation) which is striving towards union and from the expansive force of water vapor which tends towards separation, even if electric, magnetic and other forces, especially the radiation pressure of light, contribute in part."