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HIS INSPIRING DREAM

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YOUNG ORFFYREUS
HIS INSPIRING DREAM
HIS MAJOR WHEELS
THE WHEEL AT GERA ( 1712 )
THE WHEEL AT DRASCHWITZ (1714 )
WANDERING ORFFYREUS AND HIS ENEMIES
THE WHEEL AT MERSEBERG 1715 .
THE EXAMINATION AT MERSEBURGH
ORFFYREUS DESTROYS MESEBURGH WHEEL
COUNT KARL, LEIBNIZ AND ORFFYREUS
WHEEL AT THE WEISSENSTEIN ( 1717 )
KARL WATCHES THE SECRET
EXAMINATION OF WEISSENSTEIN WHEEL ( 1717 )
EYE WITNESSES OF WEISSENSTEIN WHEEL
DIALOGUES AT THE CASTLE OF WEISSENSTEIN
ORFFYREUS DESTROYES THE WHEEL
CONTRACT WITH CZAR : SILVER LINING
CONSPIRACY BY GARTNER AND MAID
1730 : COUNT KARL DIES
DEATH OF ORFFYREUS 1745
PERSONALITY OF ORFFYREUS
DRAWINGS OF ORFFYREUS WHEELS
ORFFYREUS' APOLOGIA POETICA
DAS TRIUMPHIRENDE PERPETUUM MOBILE ORFFYREANUM
MASCHINEN TRACTATE (TREATISE ON MACHINES)
QUALITY OF EVIDENCE : CONCLUSION
ORFFYREUS' TIMES
Collection of Clues about Bessler Wheel
FALSE SPECULATIONS AND WEIRD EXPLANATIONS
WHERE DOES ENERGY COME FROM ?
A TRIBUTE TO ORFFYREUS
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BOOKS ON PERPETUAL MOTION
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His Invigorating Dream Helps Him to Invent Perpetual Motion Machine.

Dream is a strange phenomenon. Dreams give direction to thought. In history of science we have many instances where dreams have been crucial in helping discoverers and inventors to solve a particular problem. We have famous example of Kekule, who was able to propose a right structure of benzene with help of his dream. Orffyreus was also inspired by a dream.  In his dream, God spoke to him as follows (quoted from Ramananda’s work ):

 

“You are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Ask and ye shall receive; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shal1 be opened unto you. Of all creation I have chosen you and upon you my hope and future of civilization rests. You are the chosen instrument of my hand and I appoint you to be the builder of perpetual motion -my Majestic art. You shall raise its wheels and by their motion shall move machinery like wheelwork of my kingdom; you shall ornament it with wood, metals and jewels and you shall be the master of my workmen. In your mind I implant seeds of perpetual motion, in your hands I place the plans, in your fingers the necessary skills, in your mind I have impressed the ingenuity for the plan you are to follow.  From these shall you build, without the sound of hammer or the voice of workmen, the perpetual motion machine moved by gravity that causes the swirling, ceaseless motion eternal in the heavens. For I have watched you through the years of your youth; I will guide you through the days of your manhood. I have weighed you in the balance and you have not been found wanting. Therefore, to you give I the glory of work, and here ordain you as the Builder of my art. Unto you I give the art of the Master Builder; unto you I give the tools of the craft; unto you I give the power that has been vested in me. Be faithful unto these things. Bring them back when you have finished, and I will give you the name known to God alone.”

 

Orffyreus worked as an apprentice but a vague feeling of ‘wanting something’ developed strongly in him.  He had a vague desire to discover something new.  Day and night, he was restless for that. In perfect commune with nature, his soul was hankering to discover some great hidden mystery of Nature. Reason showed him glimpses of invention but he knew not what exactly it could be!  He could not know how to embark on perpetual motion in a right manner. He did not know how to start! Bessler prayed God to show him the right path and help him.* 

 

Nephite  prophet, Moroni. 7:5-19 says: “... for every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ; wherefore ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of God.  But whatsoever thing persuadeth men to do evil, and believe not in Christ, and deny him, and serve not God, then ye may know with a perfect knowledge it is of the devil”

 

Let me say here, Orffyreus’ unconscious mind was always working on perpetual motion.  He had strong desire to invent it but consciously there was no way to begin.  He asked God for help. Then he was looking different visions of nature. One night, with the help of God, he had a strangely invigorating dream*, which gave him some decisive idea to construct his perpetual motion machine.  This dream set him on his perpetual motion journey and inspired him to continue to engage in the mission with relentless effort.  He concentrated on work again with renewed strength and at last, his efforts were crowned with success.  He finally constructed his working invention.

 

Collins also mentions that Orffyreus made numerous prior models and had flashes of inspiration* before his “strangely invigorating dream.”  Orffyreus went through many failed devices before he was eventually successful.  Orffyreus might have understood major portions of how the machine should work.  He just stuck with the problem and got help from as many diverse sources of information as possible.* Bessler was successful only after 10 years of study and rigorous experiments.  He is said to have experimented with no fewer than 300 different machines until he at last succeeded to invent a perpetual motion machine

 

His joy was unbounded when the first machine, about one meter in diameter, began to work. It presented an amazing phenomenon in front of him. The mechanism consisted of a rotating wheel in which weights moved and balanced against each other along a special path.  Orffyreus concealed the entire mechanism by covering the machine with oilcloth. He was careful not to leave behind any concrete descriptions or drawing of the secret so that no one could know how it worked.

       

His achievement, especially as an inventor of perpetual motion machine was most remarkable considering that Orffyreus was not formally educated as an engineer.  The invention was, to a large degree the product of his reflective thought, his creative potential based on his very extensive working with all sorts of machines present in his time.  It was a solitary work with practically no benefit from give and take discussions with his colleagues, mostly the clock makers and friends having similar interests.


When Orffyreus achieved his goal, he was relieved.  He wanted money for development of his invention.  He brooded over securing a patent for it or selling it to some wealthy man.  Meanwhile, as his fortunes would have it, two wealthy patients came to him for cure.  We must recall here that he was a physician also.  With utmost patience, he stopped working on perpetual motion machines for a while   and resumed medical profession again in order to earn some money to help finance further development.  One of his patients who were having attacks of spasms was the mayor’s daughter Anne Rosin Mauersberg.  She lived in   small town of Anhaberg Buchorz.  Orffyreus himself wrote that he cured her quickly, by grace of God, and then married her in 1711, when he would have been around 30.  He settled down with her in a small German town called Gera, and built another small-sized perpetual motion wheel which he then demonstrated to the public.


References:

 

* See Collins’ book pp. 28, 29, 32, 65, and 141.

*  ibid Page: 28, 29, 32, 65, 141

* ibid page 29

 

* ibid page. 25,29,30 and 44.

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