The Legend of Bessler’s Wheel began on 6th June 1712, when Johann Bessler, also known by the pseudonym, Orffyreus, announced that he had invented a perpetual motion machine and he would be exhibiting it in the town square in Gera, Germany, on that day. Everyone was free to come and see the machine running. It took the form of a wheel mounted between two pillars and ran continuously until it was stopped or its parts wore out. The machine attracted huge crowds. Although they were allowed to examine its external appearance thoroughly, they could not view the interior, because the inventor wished to sell the secret of its construction for the sum of 10,000 pounds; a sum equal to several millions today.
News of the invention reached the ears of high ranking men, scientists, politicians and members of the aristocracy. They came and examined the machine, subjected it to numerous tests and concluded that it was genuine. Only one other man, Karl, the Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, was allowed to view the interior and he testified that the machine was genuine. He is a man well-known in history as someone of the greatest integrity, and the negotiations between Bessler and Karl took place against a background in which Karl acted as honest broker between the warring nations of Europe; a situation which required his absolute rectitude both in appearance and in action.
There were several attempts to buy the wheel, but negotiations always failed when they reached an impasse; the buyer wished to examine the interior before parting with the money, and the inventor fearing that once the secret was known the buyer would simply leave without paying and make his own perpetual motion machine, would not permit it Sadly, after some thirty years or more, the machine was lost to us when the inventor fell to his death during construction of another of his inventions, a vertical axle windmill.
However, the discovery of a series of encoded clues has led many to the opinion that the inventor left instructions for reconstructing his wheel, long after his death. The clues were discovered during the process of investigating the official reports of the time which seemed to rule out any chance of fraud, hence the interest in discovering the truth about the legend of Bessler’s wheel.
My own curiosity was sparked by the realisation that an earlier highly critical account by Bessler's maid-servant, which explained how the wheel was fraudulently driven, was so obviously flawed and a lie, that I was immediately attracted to do further research.
The tests which the wheel was subjected to involved lifting heavy weights from the castle yard to the roof, driving an Archimedes water pump and an endurance test lasting 56 days under lock and key and armed guard. Bessler also organised demonstrations involving running the wheel on one set of bearings opened for inspection and then transferring the device to a second set of open bearings, both sets having been examined to everyone's satisfaction, both before, after and during the examination.
So the only problem is that modern science denies that Bessler's wheel was possible, but my own research has shown that this conclusion is wrong. There is no need for a change in the laws of physics, as some have suggested, we simply haven't covered every possible scenario in the evaluating the number of possible configurations.
An external view by Bessler showing his Merseberg wheel which was capable of turning, of itself, in either direction, loaded or unloaded.