What follows is my take on why Johann Bessler decided to embed numerous clues in his publications, even though no one was supposed to decipher them before the inventor had received payment for his device
When Bessler set out to discover how to design and build a Perpetual Motion (PM) machine, he had read that such a device would be ‘worth a ton of gold’. But during the long years of research he also spent time in considering how to actually obtain a large amount of money for the secret of his machine, should he be successful - sound familiar?
I think he had already decided on placing coded information about the wheel in his books, long before he decided to allow Karl to see how his wheel worked. This would explain why he put so much time and effort into developing and inserting his coded information, even though he had had his claim validated by the highest authority - before Karl verified his claim, his only guarantee that he could prove his priority lay within the coded information. He seems to have considered the possibility that he might never sell his machine and thus die without ever receiving acknowledgement for his achievement, so it had an additional purpose although not one he would have expected to happen.
He had become familiar with codes during his time in Prague, and had learned much about several different ciphers. If he needed to pique someone’s interest about the codes in case of illness, death, imprisonment or some other incapacitating event, he devised a straightforward clue to initiate the curiosity of a knowledgeable person with the right credentials who would wish to dig deeper, and so he adopted the pseudonym, Orffyreus.
I have posted pointers over the years to the places I looked and found and deciphered clues, and I’ll discuss the specific clues which led me to the solution, with illustrations in the future blogs and this will hopefully spur me on finish my construction, which I have to do in order to prove two things; firstly that this wheel is of the same design as a Bessler’s and secondly the clues I’ve found and my interpretation of them is correct. As I’ve said before, if the wheel fails, I will continue to post my clues because I believe they are correct.
On that point, I have often said that the mechanism is complex and difficult to build, but on the other hand Karl said it was so simple a carpenter's apprentice could build one if he was given time to study it. It is difficult to build, at least for me. If you can see a finished product with all parts in their correct place and all the measurements accessible to you, then yes it could be accomplished more easily. But working from a huge variety of clues which take time to interpret and then you have to build with a certain amount of trial and error, it is not easy. The concept is easy to understand and perhaps this was the initial action that Bessler found which encouraged him to keep going. But getting that action without other actions cancelling out any advantage is a little more difficult. So even when you think you know the secret you’re only half way there.
Please note that there are no suggestions of links with Rosicrucians, FreeMasons, Numerology, Hermeticism, Kabbalah, or any other cults, religious factions or other weirdness, they are not required to solve the clues.
‘til next time then.