Tuesday, 12 January 2021

The Legend of Johann Bessler’s Perpetual Motion Machine

Once again I’m posting the Legend of Bessler’s wheel because I’m going to be working hard on finishing my reconstruction of Bessler’s wheel. 2020 was another traumatic year for my family and it was a year of unbelievable events and consequences for the rest of the world. There was little time to spend in my garage where the build should have been happening, but time is racing by and I must concentrate on finishing the job. The sooner I finish it the better.


Please feel free to comment if you wish and I will try to check back daily. So here it is again, 

The Legend of Bessler's wheel.

On 6th June, 1712, in Germany, Johann Bessler (also known by his pseudonym, Orffyreus) announced that after many years of failure, he had succeeded in designing and building a perpetual motion machine. For more than fourteen years he exhibited his machine and allowed people to thoroughly examine it. Following advice from the famous scientist, Gottfried Leibniz, who was able to examine the device, he devised a number of demonstrations and tests designed to prove the validity of his machine without giving away the secret of its design.


Karl the Landgrave of Hesse permitted Bessler to live, work and exhibit his machine at the prince's castle of Weissenstein. Karl was a man of unimpeachable reputation and he insisted on being allowed to verify the inventor's claims before he allowed Bessler to take up residence. This the inventor reluctantly agreed to and once he had examined the machine to his own satisfaction Karl authorised the publication of his approval of the machine. For several years Bessler was visited by numerous people of varying status, scientists, ministers and royalty. Several official examinations were carried out and each time the examiners concluded that the inventor's claims were genuine.


Over several years Karl aged and it was decided that the inventor should leave the castle and he was granted accommodation in the nearby town of Karlshafen. Despite the strong circumstantial evidence that his machine was genuine, Bessler failed to secure a sale and after more than thirty years he died in poverty. His death came after he fell from a windmill he had been commissioned to build. The windmill was an interesting design using a vertical axle which allowed it to benefit from winds from any directions. 


He had asked for a huge sum of money for the secret of his perpetual motion machine, £20,000 which was an amount only affordable by kings and princes, and although many were interested, none were prepared to agree to the terms of the deal. Bessler required that he be given the money and the buyer take the machine without viewing the internal workings. Those who sought to purchase the wheel, for that was the form the machine took, insisted that they see the secret mechanism before they parted with the money. Bessler feared that once the design was known the buyers could simply walk away knowing how to build his machine and he would get nothing for his trouble.


I became curious about the legend of Bessler’s Wheel, while still in my teens, and have spent most of my life researching the life of Johann Bessler (I’m now 75). I obtained copies of all his books and had them translated into English and self-published them, in the hope that either myself or someone else might solve the secret and present it to the world in this time of pollution, global warming and increasingly limited energy resources.

Not long after I was able to read the English translations of his books, I became convinced that Bessler had embedded a number of clues in his books.  These took the form of hints in the text, but also in a number of drawings he published.  Subsequently I found suggestions by the author that studying his books would reveal more information about his wheel.


For some ideas about Bessler’s code why not visit my web sites atwww.theorffyreuscode.com or see my work on his “Declaration of Faith” at http://www.orffyreus.net/

It gives a brief account both the legend and some of the codes.


The problem of obtaining a fair reward for all his hard work was anticipated by Bessler and he took extraordinary measures to ensure that his secret was safe, but he encoded all the information needed to reconstruct the machine in a small number of books that he published. He implied that he was prepared to die without selling the secret and that he believed that posthumus acknowledgement was preferable to being robbed of his secret while he yet lived.

It has recently become clear that Bessler had a huge knowledge of the history of codes and adopted several completely different ones to disguise information within his publications. I have made considerable advances in deciphering his codes and I am confident that I have the complete design.

Johann Bessler published three books, and digital copies of these with English translations may be obtained from the links to the right of this blog. In addition there is a copy of his unpublished document containing some 141 drawings - and my own account of Bessler’s life is also available from the links. It is called "Perpetual Motion; An Ancient Mystery Solved?

Bessler's three published books are entitled "Grundlicher Bericht", "Apologia Poetica" and "Das Triumphirende...". I have called Bessler's collection of 141 drawings Maschinen Tractate, but it was originally found in the form of a number of loosely collected drawings of perpetual motion designs. Many of these have handwritten notes attached and I have published the best English translation of them that I was able to get. Bessler never published these drawings but clearly intended to do so at some point.

As I often say, the solution to this device is needed now.  Anything that might help cleanse the planet of pollution, green house gas emissions, by providing clean cheap alternative energy sources should encouraged in its discovery and development to counter global warming.

JC 

49 comments:

  1. "In his Maschinen Tractate No 9, Bessler writes
    nothing is to be accomplished with any device unless my principle of connectedness is activated"

    I have a feeling that we still haven't correctly figured out what Bessler meant with the above pasted translation... Most think it has something to do with cords or straps... But it could be something else altogether... The entire wheel movement or operation could be dependent on it... This also goes to prove that we are nowhere near to solving the mystery... It is an irony, despite of so many clues and discussions, we are yet to understand the simplicity of the wheel...

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    1. Bonjour et bonne est heureuse année à tous.
      Le résultat de mes essais me font penser qu'il y a deux systèmes à trouver.
      Un pour l'entrainement de la roue pour avoir du couple.
      Un pour entretenir un déséquilibre au moment opportun.
      J. Boniface

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    2. Above translated reads, “ Hello and happy new year everyone.
      The results of my tests make me think that there are two systems to find.
      One for driving the wheel to get torque.
      One to maintain an imbalance at the right time.
      J. Boniface”

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    3. Suresh, we don’t know what Bessler meant by his ‘connectedness principle’, but generally I guess we assume it refers to a connection between two or more mechanisms? Is it a rigid connection or a flexible one? Does it operate in two directions or only one. Is it sprung?

      JC

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    4. It definitely isn't that, JC sir... Something entirely different... More profound, if you ask me... A different dimension altogether... He is certainly not talking about any connection within the wheel whether rigid or flexible... Nor it is about the direction...

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  2. J.Boniface... you are absolutely right... There are two systems... One drives and the other runs... One provides the required torque and the other imbalances...

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  3. Like J. Boniface My build shows that TWO movements are needed:weights shift SUDDENLY at 6 o'clock position on the crossbar (see A.P.355), shifting moment of inertia and therefor angular momentum which manifests as sudden torque on the crossbar. The second movement transfers that torque to the rim as hinted at in M.T.18 using weighted spring arms. M.T. 138 A and B MAY indicate an escapement via the pantograph with weighted spring arms and rimstops. Comments appreciated!

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  4. RAF... I can't make out what you are trying to say entirely but MT 18 design you are hinting is really not going to lead you to a successful end...

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  5. RAF... Overall, the references made by You by stating Pantograph and A.P.355 actually have no relevance, hence, I am sure you are not on the right track...

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  6. We usually resort to designs or mechanisms rejected by Bessler himself and hope to achieve PM... It would rather be more gainful if we try to understand his written clues instead... a more novel approach is required... You won't find much in the drawings... Infact, you will have to compare all the drawings to arrive at an Idea... Here, you could get easily distracted... Some drawings usually referred by Ken or RAF make no sense at all... To make that groundbreaking and original discovery very genuine and natural efforts are required... Think about it...

    Good day...

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  7. John, Could you show the article you wrote over 10 years ago or is it the same as in "principle" and "the mechanisms theoretically" at besslerswheel.com? Thanks!

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    1. Ah Richard, I knew when I added that comment it might arouse some curiosity but I deliberately left it vague because it relates to something I’m working on at the moment. I’d prefer not to be more explicit at the moment, but as soon I’ve tried my design out I’ll explain what meant.

      JC

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    2. Is it possible Ken hacked into Suresh Kumar's account and is posting as Suresh? There seems to be an inordinate of number of bloviated posts in the Ken style of posting.

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  8. Is it just my internet connection or is everyone unable to see besslerwheel.com?

    JC

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    1. I can see the besslerwheel.com home page John but, not the forum or the wiki. The forum page is just a blank.
      (5:16pm London time).

      Zhy

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    2. Even when bw.com is up, there isn't much to see there anyway. The good days are long gone.

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    3. If it's due to a ransomware attack on his server then unless he pays some big $$$'s we won't be seeing the old bw forum or any of its past posts again. All of those millions of hours of creative work flushed right down the drain forever. That's what can happen if you don't have the best antimalware protection possible.


      Anonymous and PROUD of it!

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    4. Thanks guys I thought it was me but I guess Scott is having problems. I’m sure it will be up and running tomorrow.

      JC

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  9. Probably just a couple of links dropped out or sabotaged. Scott will get onto it when he can.

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  10. BW is the best site on the web for discussions out of mainstream. If someone ever gets an answer, they most likely are going to announce it at BW.

    Walt

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  11. You're probably right Walt.

    Anon 18:03 - "Even when bw.com is up, there isn't much to see there anyway. The good days are long gone."

    No one solved the mystery in the earlier days of bw.com, though a lot was written.

    What was good about those days then?

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  12. Every one has their point of view. If you were to take the view of a physicist you would 'know' before it started it was doomed to failure.

    Of all that was written I can only cite a couple of ideas I think are very important. Not the least of these is that Bessler was.

    With respect to the ideas of PM there are only a couple. With one of those ideas I made a sim go 9.2 million rpm. With BW I got the idea of using a simulation.

    At times were blessed with geniuses, probably much like you, that explain why this is impossible. I see those objection as problems to solve.

    Am I finished? No, but I don't want to give you too much to read.


    Walt

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  13. Maybe someone has a working wheel and Scott wants to eliminate the record.

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  14. Another misconception maintained by us is that Bessler wheel is solely powered by Gravity...

    Actually, we can better understand or do away with this myth is only after the wheel is built... Only after we observe its internal mechanism and figure out how it works...

    In the meanwhile, there's no much use claiming gravity as being the sole power source of BW... This may even result in a great distraction... it is our ignorance that makes us conclude that gravity is the source... Logically speaking, even comparing gravity to wind and water just makes no sense... All the three have different effects on different mechanisms... Sometimes, we get solace by comparing them...
    Let us come out of our ignorance... It is high time... Some of us are at our fag end of life and can we afford to make such costly, if not silly, mistakes... May God bless us with common sense... I have a feeling, despite our increasing age we are still very immature sometimes...

    Good day...

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    1. Gravity is the enabler of Bessler’s wheel, without it, his wheel would not turn continuously.

      Jac

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  15. JC sir, you mean to say that BW won't work otherwise?... I can bet that if gravity is replaced by magnetism it will definitely work...

    So, it is clear that gravity is not the criteria... In vacuum like conditions that exists in space we can expect BW to perform well in presence of just magnetic field...

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    1. I was referring Johann Bessler’s wheel. JC

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  16. I can't put my finger on exactly why how ever I'm getting the sense Suresh is one sleazy sack of gewia.

    Walt

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  17. Suresh said, "Some of us are at our fag end of life and can we afford to make such costly, if not silly, mistakes..."

    You really shouldn't be sharing these intimate personal details on a public forum.

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  18. SK .. you think you are helping but you lead the unwary further astray with your musings, and that's what they are. Magnetism can not work for a wheel so large. Just follow that magnetism boys on other sites to educate yourself why not.

    What is often forgotten is that B's. original one-way wheels had to be tied down with a rope, and released. They had positive torque but were physically restrained from rotating. The iron journals (stub axles) also sat in open bearings for inspection.

    BW > Eyewitness Accounts :

    Gottfried Teuber (1656 - 1731) Court Cleric and Mathematician. Viewed the one-directional wheel in 1714.

    "It is a hollow wheel of wood, ten feet in diameter and six inches thick. It is covered by thin wooden planks to hide the internal mechanism. The axle is also wooden, and extends one foot beyond the wheel. It has three teeth which are for moving three wooden stamps similar to those used in pounding mills. The stamps are quite heavy and are lifted and dropped continuously. The iron journals move in open bearings so as to show that neither deception nor an external energy supply are necessary to the machine's motion.

    Having made an appointment with the inventor, we approached the machine and noticed that it was secured by a cord to the rim of the wheel. Upon the cord being released, the machine began to rotate with great force and noise, maintaining its speed without increasing or decreasing it for some considerable time. To stop the wheel and retie the cord required tremendous effort."

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  19. In vacuum conditions that's in space things are weightless however large, Ken... A slight pull from magnets placed strategically can make the wheel spin...

    My point was to clarify that gravity is not mandatory to turn a BW... Even magnetism will suffice...

    The problem is all this can be understood only when you really see the actual internal mechanism of a Bessler wheel... I think JC sir is in agreement with my view...

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  20. You show your vast ignorance SK. You do no research. You open your mouth to change feet. Your musing are less than worthless!

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  21. On Blogger since March 2016. Humm. Such great ideas but no blog. And at the fag end of his life.

    I'm befuddled.

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  22. Now that we know that magnetism can also be enabler let's take another step further in this regard...

    After building the BW if you want to increase its output or efficiency you just have to lift the entire wheel and then place it on a magnetic platform...

    You can reap the double benefit of gravity as well as magnetism...

    Good day...

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  23. SK wrote:
    After building the BW if you want to increase its output or efficiency you just have to lift the entire wheel and then place it on a magnetic platform...

    The B-wheel is made of wood and "probably" leaden weights. None of these materials are magnetic. If you do that nothing will happen.

    You need to change the material of the weight to iron so that a magnetic field will induce a force on them. Also you need to make the wheel much smaller because a magnetic field isn't that big.

    If you do that the wheel will rotate and much, much faster. Because the pendulums in the mechanism are smaller and the force/energy field is stronger.

    A B-wheel works with weights(masses) and is enabled by gravity.

    A similar design with magnets and ferrous materials should not be called a Bessler Wheel anymore.

    BW works with gravity. If you do not understand and accept that, you haven't even begun to solve the problem.

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    1. Marinus... I am not a fool... you are talking like Ken...It is understood... When you want to avail magnetic advantage you got to use that metal which is magnetic...

      Please note the days of wood and lead are over... We use aluminium for the frame and iron for weights... Also, pls note BW doesn't always mean the same old Wheel constructed by Bessler originally... We use modern ball bearings and iron angles...

      Instead of appreciating the idea you are being silly by thinking I have made silly mistakes...

      For your information, I have researched for more than 30 years on this topic and am ready to compete with anyone as far as the internal mechanism is concerned...

      Bessler didn't have access to modern machinery that is why he used wood and lead mostly...

      But we need not even think in those terms now... What matters is the principle he used... The connectedness principle...

      JC sir doesn't use in his build the same old materials that Bessler used, does he?...

      These days when we all try to understand or build Bessler Wheel we mostly use aluminium and iron for the weights and if we have to take advantage of magnetic force definitely we have to change the material...

      For God's sake, pls don't be childish and narrow minded... We as a team have to work together instead of leg pulling which seems to be the trend here...

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    2. and am ready to compete with anyone as far as the internal mechanism is concerned...

      Sure you are.

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  24. Has anyone heard anything about Besslerwheel.com? Has anyone talked to Scott?

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  25. I'm calling his hosting service now.

    Walt

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  26. SK .. many of us are at the "fag end of our lives", attempting to solve this mystery. There are not many up and coming "young" men in game. And if there are they don't stick around long due to the need to take care of other life matters and priorities, which we also face and have faced.

    In case you haven't noticed, after 18 years of the modern BW.com forum operating, and a good number of years of JC's blog operating, the mood has changed. Pretenders crowing from the nearest pedestal are no longer tolerated or revered. We have a saying in the South Pacific, "piss or get off the pot". Many of us have been at this hobby for way longer than we ever anticipated. I've seen good men come and go, plain run out of time. When I joined BW.com I thought a decade at the outside to solve the mechanical mystery, possibly 2 years. That came and went with only hard won incremental gains from sharing ideas and discussion on all facets of the Bessler story. No groundbreaking breakthroughs.

    Now the mood is to be more open and helpful, for the greater good. Realising that father time is against every individual. And that this quest, while anecdotally simple in theory, is intellectually demanding to solve. Probably because of that innate simplicity factor, and a permeating belief in scientific circles that we are beating a dead horse i.e. our subconscious mind has to fight against the Physics disconnect.

    You say that you are "ready to compete with anyone as far as the internal mechanism is concerned". Are you really ready to share now or do you just say that. 6 months ago you were ready to finally build a POP of your 'must be a runner' design. The culmination of your 30 years of deep thought about the mystery. Then you pulled out of that saying you were too lazy to do a build. And that sims are a waste of time so you won't learn those.

    The bottom line is that you may be happy to go to your death bed 'believing' you have a runner design. If so then I wish you happy thoughts to the end. But I for one don't want to hear from the likes of yourself or SG who constantly crow that you have a viable mechanical solution, but will never provide any credible detail for discussion nor evidence of such. IMO you are not part of the solution, but part of the problem. And a throwback to a bygone era of the early days of BW.com, where about once per month someone claimed a working wheel, or sure thing 'must be runner', but I can't share anything of substance. Yawn !

    They were told the same thing "piss or get off the pot". This is not your personal ego stroking forum and therapy session to get over your lack of confidence and bed wetting past. If you want to make intelligible contributions to solving this mystery then I will happily read them and show you the respect you may earn from that process. Have a good day !

    -f

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    1. FYI, I think the correct phrase is "sh*t or get off the pot". God only knows how many empty pots are out there with butts still firmly planted on them and straining away! That can start to hurt after a while.

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    2. Fletcher... With all due respect...Thanks for your elaborate writing... I can already see the desperation in you... In a way, now I feel, you are no different from others... Only a bit refined... I would like to know in which way you have contributed... Are you just here to chase away someone who's writing so many things?... Are you working as JC sir's bouncer?... Tell me, why you are irritated at my writing?... Am I being very impolite?... Why don't you see some point in my every comment?... Did I ask any to leave the blog?... Or do you possess exclusive rights in this Blog?...;pls don't mistake me... Pls note that we can't afford to lose any clue from any quarter... I have been sharing so much and you are not able to make out anything... Is that my fault?... Pls note with this attitude you are getting nowhere... I will definitely watch what progress you make... Many here act like distractors... You just can't coerce anyone this way... Did I ever try to coerce anyone here?...

      Some of your writings were very good and I must admit I enjoyed reading them... That's why I stick around... To learn something new... But did I make a mistake by talking about magnetism?... Was it really a non-sense?... In that case my apologies... Pls pardon me... I was trying to make Marinus understand that I am not a fool as he thinks... That's all... There was nothing against you... for you to get irritated...
      The problem with most here is that they can't make out anything useful from any good hint...
      Infact, the opposite is happening... They misunderstand... Tell me how else do we share... You want I should reveal everything openly and then stand to lose everything?...
      Please be unbiased and work out a modality wherein the real inventor's interest is protected... Instead of chasing away someone this way...
      No offence intended...

      Some of your suggestions are too good... No doubt in that... Better than most here... It has reenforced my opinion... My only prayer is never take it personal and misunderstand me this way...

      Good day...

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  27. I had no luck. Maybe someone else could try.

    Walt

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  28. fb'ed him. But like me doesn't look in fb often. Might take him a while to see message.

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  29. The BW forum is online again for anyone who still has interest in it.

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  30. Yeah .. Scott got the fb message and reversed an upgrade he didn't know about that caused the problems.

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  31. There's actually no physics disconnect in BW operation... It is well within the laws...

    One reason for misunderstanding is the references to PM...
    Another is our failure or the great delay in solving the mystery...

    There's a unique combination of the mechanical parts that only Bessler was able to put together...
    And, it is very simple... We can't succeed in finding the same because of lack of proper focus...

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  32. So you misspoke and are not in fact "ready to compete with anyone as far as the internal mechanism is concerned". You wish to continue with the sermons. Please excuse me if I don't become a fawning acolyte !

    "There's actually no physics disconnect in BW operation... It is well within the laws..."

    Of course it is within Nature's Laws ! The disconnect I mentioned was knowing this, while being told by the scientific community that PM is a pipe dream not possible within the Laws of Physics. And yet it must also conform to them, as they are presented !

    "There's a unique combination of the mechanical parts that only Bessler was able to put together... And, it is very simple... We can't succeed in finding the same because of lack of proper focus..."

    Let me save you some time ! > Words are mine, paraphrased from Bessler in MT.


    1. Nothing can be achieved without B's. connected principle (zusammen gehangten > together hung).

    2. There is a Prime Mover, which is not shown and has to be deduced.

    a. There is a correct handle and construction, to be implemented.

    b. There is something mechanically 'special' behind the StorksBill, to be understood and incorporated within the build.

    These will not exactly be a "NEWSFLASH" to most !

    -f

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  33. Fletcher... I am sometimes scared that you may succeed before I finally come out with a model... Because, I have a feeling that you are on the right track... Certain things you mention do make a lot of sense... That's why I have a special regard for you... maybe there's something for me to learn from you... others don't follow you properly or even try to understand what you are trying to say... You are really a true besslerian...

    When you scolded me I didn't feel too bad because there's always something to learn from you... Your concerns are genuine unlike others... I am a bit selfish and egoistic... I admit... Pls pardon me...if I have hurt your feelings... I checked some of your past posts and realise that you have been working very hard... Sometimes, your English is bit hard to understand by me... So, certain things are not clear to me... Maybe, that's why you are not getting the reqd response... If you have not yet figured out the prime mover and storkbill mechanism yet I am afraid you have a long journey ahead... Tell me what's your age?... I am also worried that I may take to the grave what I learnt so far... I am 63 with diabetes and heart condition...

    Storkbill mentioned by you is not clear to me... Prime mover, I can somehow make out...

    Tell me, if you succeed will you give it away without any expectation for the greater good?... Please also bear in mind that Bessler didn't think so... Also, do you think will JC sir also give it away for good cause?... Never... Though I am jealous I am somewhat glad atleast there is one soul making sincere efforts... You...

    Best Wishes...

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The Legend of Johann Bessler’s Perpetual Motion Machine

Once again I’m posting the Legend of Bessler’s wheel because I’m going to be working hard on finishing my reconstruction of Bessler’s wheel....