Johann Bessler’s Gravity Wheel

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Maschinen Tractate,   Apologia Poetica’,   Grundlicher Bericht’ and  ‘Das Triumphirende’ are four books originally written and published by Johann Bessler.  Copies of them are available with full English translations from this web site, in both hard copy and, from January 2008, digital PDF files.

Perpetual Motion; An Ancient Mystery Solved?’ - the complete biography of Johann Bessler, aka Orffyreus, by John Collins. It is available now, from this web site, in both paperback and digital format. 

The incredible Legend of Bessler’s Wheel, also known as Orffyreus’ Wheel, has been recounted several times over the years but most accounts rely on previous attempts to tell his story and  this has resulted in mistakes and inaccuracies being compounded to the point that it is difficult to know what is true and what is myth.  When poetic licence is added to the list, as is true of one well-known account, the facts of the story become so confusing that most people believe that the whole thing was a myth.

The best account of the facts of Johann Bessler’s  life originally appeared in 1928 in a collection of unexplained facts, written and researched by Lieut.-Commander Rupert T. Gould, famous for his work on the history and development of the marine chronometer made by John Harrison. It was this book, based on actual historical documents, which set me on the trail of Bessler and resulted, some thirty years or more later, in my own self-publication of “Perpetual Motion; An Ancient Mystery Solved?”

My book details everything that I found about Johann Bessler and his wheel from thirty years of research. I obtained records from Germany, France, Russia, Italy, the U.S.A and England and translated documents in four languages into English. I spent hundreds of hours reading documents, sifting through letters, studying old records and searching the major libraries of the world to try to get to the truth and everything relevant was included in my book.

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Copyright © 2006 John Collins.

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