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HIS MAJOR PERPETUAL MOTION WHEELS

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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
FAVORITE LINKS TO PERPETUAL MOTION
BOOKS ON PERPETUAL MOTION
ARTICLES ON PERPETUAL MOTION
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
MY RESUME
ORFFYREUS/ BESSLER DISCUSSION FORUM
CONTACT ME
Locations on Google Map

 

Orffyreus built, publicly exhibited, and destroyed four “self” moving wheels. Orffyreus exhibited his perpetual motion wheels in various towns: Prague, Gera, Leipzig, Drashwitz, and Merseburg in Germany.

According to Orffyreus’  biographer J. Collins, Orffyreus constructed four major wheels in his lifetime varying from smaller to larger size with capacity to produce more and more power.1 These were exhibited, examined and tested. No fraud was ever detected. Collins has found that in addition to these four well-publicized wheels Orffyreus also constructed three more wheels.  During all tests, the officials who had talked with him were convinced that he was a sincere inventor.

 

  Orffyreus exhibited his wheels at various towns like Prague, Gera, Leipzig, Drashwitz, and Merseburg, all these were parts of Germany in those times.  The accounts of exhibitions to the public, examinations of these wheels by distinguished persons and all other events and episodes related to the wheels are very interesting to read and are source of vital information.  These events cover major part of the story of Orffyreus.  We have many versions of the story from different authors in which descriptions of the events  vary slightly but main story remains undisputable that Orffyreus invented perpetual motion and demonstrated it without a fraud.   


Let us look into various details of Orffyreus’ wheels that he built in his lifetime with all hope that his work on perpetual motion would get recognition in world of science and technology and eventually bring him a suitable reward. To achieve this goal, he struggled steadfastly through out his life.  In following pages, you will find descriptions of main events that mark his life. You will find arguments, explanations on his wheel and also guess work about their working mechanism put forward by various authors.  In the end, you will also find reconstruction of his wheel by Ramananda.



1 Orffyreus  built, publicly exhibited, and destroyed four “self” moving wheels though Collins (p. 60) has found evidence for three more such perpetual motion  wheels built (and destroyed) by Orffyreus.  The first of the four popular wheels was shown publicly in Gera in 1712 (see p. 15).  Each unique wheel rotated about a horizontal axle.  See the figures on pp. 27, 35, 199 of J. Collins’ book “Perpetual Motion:  An Ancient Mystery Solved? and some related discussion on pp. 36, 66, 198.

Measurments of Orffyreus' Wheels
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By using your mouse, raise the balls above, either 1,  2  or 3 balls together, and release them  to watch their perpetual motion and symmetry.

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