The First Gravity Engine
|Peter Lindemann reviews the book Perpetual
Motion: An Ancient Mystery Solved? by John Collins, who documents
the scientific evidence for Johann Bessler's gravity engine of three
"In 1712, Bessler called it a Perpetual
Motion Machine. Today, we would call this invention a 'gravity
Book by John Collins covers the
incredible Legend of Bessler’s Wheel, also known as Orffyreus’
Most researchers interested in free energy systems rarely look back in
history any farther than the work of Nikola Tesla. Considered the
"Father of Free Energy", Tesla stands as the towering genius
that ushered in the electrical age, over 100 years ago. But the study of
Tesla's work also reveals that powerful economic forces in his day
prevented the introduction of his most advanced inventions. So we know
that popular history only tells us part of the real story.
But if you were to find out that Tesla had not been the first person to
build working models of a machine attached to "the wheelwork of
Nature”, how different would your world-view be? What if the real
beginnings of today's "free energy movement" go back not 100
years, as is popularly believed, but go back nearly 300 years?
What if a brilliant experimental genius, after years of study and model
building, started demonstrating an apparent self-turning wheel in 1712 in
Europe? What if he subsequently built and demonstrated at least four
different working models during the next 10 years? What if the machines
were tested repeatedly, and even granted Certificates of Authenticity by
qualified testing groups? What if one of them ran continuously for 54 days
in a sealed room? What if the inventor's plans to sell his machines were
constantly opposed by powerful and jealous rivals who slandered him in the
press? What if, after successfully thwarting the sale of his invention
during his lifetime, these same forces did everything they could to write
him out of the history books after his death? Well, welcome to the real
John Collins has written an astonishing book, Perpetual Motion: An
Ancient Mystery Solved?, that gives an account of the work of Johann
Bessler, who began demonstrating his so-called "Perpetual Motion
Machine" in the town of Gera in 1712, in what is present day Germany.
Collins has accomplished an astonishing feat by collecting all of the
still existing documents that attest to these marvelous events, three
centuries ago. But he didn't stop there. Next, he translated these
documents from German and Latin into English, and studied them. Then,
finally, he shared what he learned from them with the rest of us.
By reading this book, we are transported through the process whereby the
author first discovers the truth, and then satisfies all of his own doubts
by meticulously studying the lives, technical skills, and veracity of the
numerous witnesses. Perpetual Motion is much more than a simple
retelling of important historic events; it is an excellent case study of
how to handle an investigation of this kind properly.
Beyond the obvious subjects covered by this well written and enjoyably
readable book, are the real issues of what constitutes reasonable proof,
and in its absence whether it is still possible to draw proper conclusions
from the preponderance of evidence. Bessler claimed he had discovered the
secret of Perpetual Motion. His detractors said it was impossible.
Hundreds of eye-witnesses said they saw the wheel turn all by itself. The
machine was shown running water pumps and stamping mills for hours. During
a number of these public demonstrations, the machine was actually moved
from one set of bearings to another, to "prove" that it was not
driven from a visibly external source.
So it was that Johann Bessler demonstrated how a simple, but clever
arrangement of "levers and weights" could continuously place the
center of gravity of a wheel to one side of the axle, causing it to turn
'spontaneously'. In 1712, Bessler called it a Perpetual Motion Machine.
Today, we would call this invention a "gravity engine".
In the 1700s, gravity was not understood as a separate force that
penetrated all objects. But Bessler didn't need to know this to make his
machine work. His experiments taught him everything he needed to know.
Bessler did not just stumble on to his design. He published over 140
designs of machines that he had also tested but which did not
work. His achievement proves that a systematic approach to this research
could unlock the secret again.
One of Bessler's many drawings.
Bessler's gravity engine predates all other major engine designs. James
Watt's practical steam engine was perfected in 1776. Robert Stirling's
hot-air engine was perfected in 1826. And finally, Nikolaus Otto perfected
his four-stroke internal combustion engine in 1876. Of these early
engines, only Bessler's required no fuel.
John Collins' book is the most complete presentation of the man and his
machine ever written. Now, the evidence is in. If you have any interest in
the history of inventions, fuelless power plants, or a peaceful future
with abundant energy, do yourself a favor and start your research over at
the beginning. Read Perpetual Motion: An Ancient Mystery Solved?
and find out where the discovery of "free energy" really began.
John Collins' Bessler Home Page: http://www.free-energy.co.uk/
Website to purchase this book: http://www.lulu.com/johncollins [compare
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A. Lindemann, D.Sc. is Director of Research for Clear Tech, Inc.
in the US. He is author of the book The Free Energy Secrets of Cold
Electricity and runs the #2 website in a Google search on the term
"free energy". Peter has been involved in advanced energy
research for more than 30 years and has worked and studied with Bruce
DePalma, Trevor Constable, and John Bedini. He currently works as an
author, consultant, and lecturer in the field.