Finally I’m going to share what I know, and what I think I know, about the solution to Bessler’s wheel. This will be a bit shorter than my intended document, because today, 29th December 2023, I accidentally deleted several pages of explanations, and I can’t get them back and I can’t remember everything I wrote!
This might not be such a bad thing as the “Big Reveal” was getting too big! I will try to curtail my enthusiasm for giving too much detail. After all, all you really want to know is “how did Bessler’s Wheel work? And how close to Bessler’s is the design I’m going to share with you? Is it the same as Bessler’s. I think at the end you will think that it is a bit closer.
My skills in MS Paint are fairly basic so I’ll combine paint and drawings and text to try to explain what I know.
We know Johann Bessler would rather have died without being paid for his secret, than have given it away because he said so in Apologia Poetica (AP). He also intimated that the answers could found in his books. But how would he hide information in books in plain sight without anyone realising and discovering the secret for them selves?
There is a lot of undeciphered code in the books but the most illuminating items are the illustrations in those books. “A picture is worth a thousand words" is an adage in multiple languages meaning that complex and sometimes multiple ideas can be conveyed by a single still image, which conveys its meaning or essence more effectively than a mere verbal description. In Bessler’s case the opposite seems almost true. His pictures look bland and boring and inaccurate but they contain real information disguised in an ingenious way.
Bessler took an inordinate amount of trouble to hide the importance of the number five in plain sight. Despite its ubiquity the majority of people seem to have dismissed its seeming importance and continued on their search for the solution, relying on the witness report of eight thumping noises from the Kassel wheel.
I searched for and found geometric and numerical patterns within all of the inventor’s publications. I found pentagons in various places. Most significantly in his first two books, Grundlicher Bericht (GB) and Das Triumphirende. (DT) Two of them in DT indicated parts of the mechanism hidden in one segment of the pentagram.
Bessler also buried within his copious amounts of writing, many clues presented almost as an off-the-cuff comments, but deliberately sown into the text to catch the eye of any serious researcher.
The pendulum is too long as it is and the excess needs to be removed. The remaining part of the pendulum fits inside the pentagon fifth portion. The red and blue parts show the two positions the weighted lever must reach. Before we examine this picture we must rotate it 180 degrees. This is indicated by the apparent typo in the padlock, which is wrongly labelled 42, but should read 24. I have argued many times that this is a deliberate act designed to inform us to turn the picture upside down. Now I’ve done it.
The purple lever has a purple round weight on the outer end. It’s mass/weight is mainly carried by the green lever, which is anchored close to the axle.