Monday, 4 March 2013
Common misconceptions about Bessler's wheel.
There are three comments made in connection with Bessler's wheel which recur regularly;
Firstly that Bessler's wheel has been proven not to work;
Secondly that his wheel would go against the laws that Sir Isaac Newton promulgated;
And lastly that even if the wheel is successfully built we will never know whether it was the same solution as Bessler's.
With regard to the first one, Hermann Helmholtz presented the original formulation of what is now known as the First Law of Thermodynamics, beginning with the axiom. "a Perpetual Motion Machine is impossible", therebye ruling out any chance of there ever being such a device admitted as a possibility.
He suggested that as no-one had ever successfully built one that worked, such machines must be impossible because of some natural law preventing their construction. This law, could only be the Conservation of Energy - his own invention.
Those who don't believe Bessler's wheel could have been genuine are quick to cite the Laws of Thermodynamics to disprove Bessler's claims. In fact, the argument is circular. The Laws of Thermodynamics do not prove that Bessler's machine is impossible. On the contrary, they are deduced from the "leap of faith" of first presuming it is impossible. Thanks to Besslerwheel forum for the above concise explanation.
In the case of the second point, that Bessler's wheel would defy the laws that Sir Isaac Newton presented, that is also wrong. To even suggest that if Bessler's wheel works it will throw out of the window everything that Newton discovered is uttlerly incredible. It is perfectly obvious that Bessler's wheel would have to comply with the known laws of physics - the alternative is too big a stretch of credulity to accept. So how would Bessler's wheel fit comfortably among Newton's laws?
I believe that I have the solution to that problem but it is not proven and until I have demonstrated what I believe will be the answer to reconstructing Besslers wheel I cannot say anything about the reason why it won't conflict with any of the laws of physics, Newtonian or later. As some will know, I have condensed the solution into a single sentence which I include after every post in the form of an encoded anagram.
As for the last point, that we shall never know if our solution is the same as Bessler's, I would strongly dispute that. If my own research results in a working wheel I shall be able to point to the method I used to develop the right design taken directly from Bessler's clues, both textual and graphic.
I have finally got my workshop back and will begin work on my 'solution' as soon as I practically can. :)
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