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You are here: > News > June 27, 2006

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 centuries ago.

    "In 1712, Bessler called it a Perpetual Motion Machine. Today, we would call this invention a 'gravity engine'."

by Peter Lindemann

Book by John Collins covers the incredible Legend of Bessler’s Wheel, also known as Orffyreus’ Wheel.

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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 world!

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.

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Peter A. LindemannPeter 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.


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