I have little use for maths in my search for a solution to Bessler's wheel. I read with a glazed expression the discussions about varous forces and formulae and I continue with my experimentation. I leave aside simulation and animation, possibly because I am not au fait with much of it, but also for me it would be too easy to overlook something that only becomes apparent when you have the parts in your hands. Handling parts, moving them manually, altering the range of movement, moving and adjusting the positions and sizes of the weights - all of these things help to visualise the potential new configurations that would not be visible in simulations if only because all of these things have to be fed into the computer to see what happens.
So onwards with enthusiasm, optimism and hope!