Sunday, 28 June 2020

The ‘Toys’ Page Revisited.

The ‘Toys’ page provides more clues than one might think. It was the last page in my version of the book MT which was originally found as a loosely bound collection of drawings kept in a box. I believe that subsequently the pages have been re-photographed in a slightly different order resulting in the Toys page not being the last one. In any case it is the last numbered page, having 138, 139, 140 and 141 handwritten in the bottom left corner. I have always imagined that it was inserted by Bessler to replace four pages he removed at the time of his arrest when he wrote on the cover;-

N.B. 1st May, 1733. Due to the arrest, I burned and buried all papers that prove the possibility. However, I have left all demonstrations and experiments since it would be difficult for anybody to see or learn anything about a perpetual motion from them or to decide whether there was any truth in them because no illustration by itself contains a description of the motion; however, taking various illustrations together and combining them with a discerning mind, it will indeed be possible to look for a movement and, finally to find one in them.”

This action must have been carried out with the intention of providing some kind of clue in case MT was never published. If publication had been achieved then the original pages would probably have been reinserted. This seems to imply that his consistent use of such clues was part of a deliberate plan to hide clues to his construction for the benefit of those who came after, looking for such information.  I do believe that he wasn’t just referring to the drawings in MT but also the ones in his published works, i.e. Gruendlicher Bericht, Apologia Poetica and Das Triumphirende. 

Did he suspect that he might be imprisoned? Possibly, and then his records might become available to anyone of rank, so he replaced them with something less revealing. My research has shown that he was being subjected to considerable pressure from his in-laws and feared that there was a conspiracy to either force him to reveal his secret or to frame him for some fraudulent dealings.

I have inserted a clarified version of the Toys page which has the four page numbers omitted on the bottom and also the number 5 and the short piece of text which was written next the the spinning top which reads, “5. Children's game in which there is something extraordinary for anyone who knows how to apply the game in a different way.”

The letters run from A through to E, five letters. But there are six drawings including the top, which is numbered 5, and not F. Note my red lines which align the separate parts of each drawing, there are five. Could he be telling us - yet again, that there are five mechanisms?

I think the letters are written in anticlockwise order to show which drawing should be interpreted first. You can see that A aligns with B but note that the latter is twisted - the small blobs on the left end of each horizontal on A are shown alternately on the left and right of the vertical line labelled B. But are the two pieces meant to refer to the same item, or are they two different parts? I believe they are two different pieces.

There is also the curious attachment of the two rods or levers at the top of the figure B. It must be important otherwise he wouldn’t  have included it.  Does it show two extremes of an action of one lever, or does it represent two levers?

The pantograph shape of C and D is similar to part A, but not to B. There are two Cs and two Ds which suggests that there are two items from the each drawing required for the mechanism. But D has a twisted body which might indicate that it should be reversed or turned upside down, or both. C is wielding an axe or hammer with its arms, which might mean it is applying force to something, but D has no arms, is it being made to move rather than moving something else? I should also point out that each of the pantograph elements in A is linked to the next one in the chain.

Was the later addition of the spinning top an attempt to hint that the 'toys' shown, relate to something that spins?  Or was its missing string or cord a hint that string or cord was also required?

In his DasTriumphirende, Bessler writes about the complexities associated with FORM, that is how he writes it, denoting the importance of his message in this passage. My reading of this passage is that a mechanism shown in a drawing may look and seem easily understood, but the intention behind it is to indicate the form or specific shape of a mechanism with a slightly different action.  This agrees with his scribbled note in the Toys page, “Children's game in which there is something extraordinary for anyone who knows how to apply the game in a different way”, and applies in particular in my opinion to the scissor mechanism labelled E.  I think the placing of these ‘toys’ is deliberate and should be taken into account when considering their meaning and Bessler’s intentions.

I don’t think that there is any intention to suggestion that A is meant to indicate a Jacob’s ladder.

JC

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15 comments:

  1. John, the last statement; you know, the one that begins," I don't think," says a lot. It states how obviously you do think. The big question is what is your intent to make such a ignorant statement? You have been given a tremendous amount of evidence to the contrary. What an odd character you truly are. It seems as though you think you own the field. let the truth be known this blog for you has just been the opportunity to glean what has been left, then twist it to what fits your theory, how pitiful and weak. Your manipulation has been obvious to all but you! Whether you believe it or not the fact is the connection with Jacob’s Ladder does exist! Furthermore there is also plenty of evidence that this understanding existed long before Bessler’s time and he also gives this evidence. Seems as though you don’t know how! “to apply the game in a different way.” This part is extraordinary! Hmmmmmm In A different way!.

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    1. You have your opinion and I have mine Stephen. I don’t think for a moment that A is intended to have any connection with Jacob’s ladder, but I do think I know exactly why it is there.

      JC

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  2. Stephen, your comments, on a public forum such as this.... simply cannot be dismissed. While there are different ways to look at John and his life long search for the solution, he is justly due a great of Thanks and respect... period. Pls do not walk around in our minds with your dirty feet I, just one of many, feel truly blessed that we have had the remarkable privilege to be associated with a such fine man. His Dream, has become the dream of many, and I count myself Lucky to be part of this journey

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    1. Thank you Gravittea for your kind support. Having considered Stephen’s rather caustic comment I decided to do a little research into Jacob’s ladder and I came away with some better idea of it’s history. But I would just say that it does not look like a ladder, it is not composed of seven steps as is the established ideal, and I know exactly what it’s true purpose is in this case.

      JC

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  3. SG is very sad individual.

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  4. The jacob's ladder is purely symbolic of the configuration that works in stages using a trapeze action.

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    1. A trapeze is basically a swing, with a horizontal bar attached by rope to a secure anchor point. So are you referring to ‘kiiking, Trevor?

      JC

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  5. I think the top was added to the toy page to represent the wheel's axle, and to show the orientation of the other items in relation to the axle. B did say the storks bill worked better in the horizontal position.

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    1. Sam? I don't see any prior posts by anyone named Sam. Are you referring to the previous Anon message about the top in the toys page? If so, I wrote that post, and I am not Sam.

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    2. No, sorry to confuse, I was sending a private message to Sam. JC

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    3. You're welcome John Collins, glad to help---------------Sam

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    4. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘. JC

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  7. When you look at the toy page turned right 90 degrees, you get a different perspective. I have a printout like this hanging on my wall.

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  8. The lower mens hammers are drawn as 'sears' or 'triggers' unlike the upper pair who actually have hammers. Is the latching or locking or tensioning done at this part of h cycle (the men are twisted/spung)? (leans left), and the unlocking done in section 3 (leans right)? the top hammermen have conspicousley drawn 'weighted' bottoms and look like they might swing, unlike the lower men. Section 3 also has one and a half scissors (breaks the progression from the force/handles and 1,2 3 as you would expect, is 'half a scissors' lift gained here?. The E has an elongated bottom leg, the only elongated lever on the hammer toys is the one closest to the E. So much to speculate on. Jon

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