A gravitywheel is not a perpetual motion machine.

The purpose of this web site is to host and promote my hypothesis on Bessler’s wheel. The legend of ‘Bessler’s Wheel’ or as it is sometimes known, the ‘Wheel of Orffyreus’, has been my chosen subject of study for most of my life and I detailed all that I had found in a book I self-published in 1997. Subsequently I self-published four of Bessler’s own books with English translations included. More information can be gathered from my web site at www.free-energy.co.uk. and the Besslerwheel forum at the www.besslerwheel.com/forum/

Johann Bessler exhibited a gravitywheel in 1712 in Germany, claiming it was a perpetual motion machine. The thesis of my book was that Bessler was genuine and his device could be of paramount importance to us now, given the problems of pollution, the scarcity of oil and the expense of other alternative energies.

I included my own name with Bessler’s because I’m proposing a device which I believe is close to Bessler’s but clearly this is my interpretation of the many Bessler clues found widely distributed throughout his published works, and I know that there will be many who will disagree and maybe find their own interpretations.

Gravitywheels are designed to rotate through the application of weights. When these are configured correctly they cause the wheel to turn continuously as long as the force of gravity is present.

This principle lies at the heart of an infamous device known as a perpetual motion machine and it has been consistently rejected by scientists for more than three centuries. However the definition of a perpetual motion machine excludes the possibility of using gravity to turn it and the confusion that the definition has caused has led to the assumption that gravitywheels are in conflict with the laws of physics. I intend to show that this is incorrect and furthermore that such a device was invented and exhibited three hundred years ago.

The infinity symbol to the left of the banner at the top of this page is extremely appropriate for a machine which runs continuously, but just how appropriate will be revealed further on in this web site. The symbol, sometimes called the lemniscate from the Latin, lemniscus, ribbon, was introduced by John Wallis in his book, De sectionibus conicus in 1655. It cannot be more than a coincidence that its shape is so central to the solution to Bessler’s wheel and the principle which lies behind it - but what an amazing one! I love coincidences.

People may wonder why I have not made this device myself; I have tried and have been trying to build one according to the design on this web site for many months but the relative sizes of the levers and where the pivot points are placed is open to question. The mechanisms have worked but not accurately enough to provide just the right stimulus at the right moment. You will understand the problem once you have understood the explanation. I can see how Karl, the Landgrave might think ‘it was so simple a carpenter’s boy could make one’, because he saw the finished article. Unfortunately we don’t have that advantage and so in practice it’s not so simple. 

Time has been passing by and I had to make a decision as to when to give up trying to do it myself and publish what I had learned in the hope that someone would succeed where I have so far failed. That time has come and I offer this explanation and I hope enough people see merit in my explanation to do some work with it and make a proof of principle wheel that leads to a usable device.

Finally I am not a web site designer and there may be errors or faults with this web site. I would be grateful to anyone who can point out such deficiencies so I can try to rectify them.

Feel free to quote from this web site but please acknowledge the author, me, John Collins.


Copyright © 2010 John Collins

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