It seems that there are still large numbers (the vast majority) of people out there who continue to believe, despite the strong circumstantial evidence to the contrary, that Johann Bessler’s perpetual motion machine was impossible and that he was obviously a criminal. They cannot be blamed for taking this view, it has, after all, been hammered into all of us, relentlessly, that such a machine cannot work without an external energy source. But I have no argument with that statement. Obviously without any energy source the wheel, as it was usually called, could not rotate and certainly not do any work. But Bessler’s wheel rotated, lifted heavy weights and ran continuously for 54 days. So it worked therefore it must have had an external energy source but what? We have been told consistently that gravity is not a source of energy, but does that rule out its use an an enabler of Bessler’s wheel?
Since my self-appointed task here is to support Bessler’s claims I must explain why his machine did not break any laws of physics, because I remain convinced that it worked and the inventor told the truth.
Wind and tidal energy are routinely used to power electricity generators. What do they have in common with gravity? All three forces cause movement in other objects. The motion of the wind and the tides is used to drive electricity generators. Bessler said that the weights themselves were the actual perpetual motion. Gravity affects mass and can move it, so even though we are repeatedly told that gravity is not a source of energy.....it is, through the medium of weights reacting to the force of gravity.
This a constant thorn in the side of anyone trying to explain how gravity-enabled Bessler’s wheel worked. It is simple to explain but almost impossible to gain acceptance and yet in my opinion it is the correct explanation
Gravity causes the weights to fall. Dependent on the right configuration, the fallen weight will cause the wheel to rotate a little. If the fallen weight is moved by gravity, then gravity caused the wheel to rotate. It maybe an indirect energy source but it enables the wheel to turn.
The remaining problem, how to raise each weight again so it can fall again, was solved by Bessler, therefore despite the numerous attempts to find a configuration that have so far failed, we know he succeeded therefore so can we. The solution is out there, waiting for us to find it.