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MASCHINEN TRACTATE (TREATISE ON MACHINES)

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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
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Collection of Clues about Bessler Wheel
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WHERE DOES ENERGY COME FROM ?
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Universitaets Bibliothek Kassel

 

1st May, 1733“Due to the arrest, I burned and buried all papers that prove the possibility. However, I have left all demonstrations and experiments, since it would be difficult for anybody to see or learn anything about a perpetual motion from them or to decide whether there was any truth in them because no illustration by itself contains a description of the motion; however, taking various illustrations together and combining them with a discerning mind, it will indeed be possible to look for a movement and, finally to find one in them."

- Orffyreus

              It took Orffyreus almost 10 years to invent perpetual motion machine. Orffyreus made numerous prior models and he went through many failed devices before he was successful.   He is said to have experimented with no fewer than 300 different machines until he at last succeeded to invent a perpetual motion machine.

 

In his search for perpetual motion, Orffyreus conceived a large number of probable perpetual motion designs and produced them in the form of drawings. We really can’t say out of these how many models he might have actually tried.   He referred to this work as his 'Great Treatise on Mechanics', or Maschinen Tractate..

 

His drawings show all kinds of perpetual motion machines - mechanical, thermal, wind and fluid systems. Orffyreus explores many useful concepts and mechanism by which perpetual motion can be achieved. However, exuberance of over balancing wheels consisting of assembly of levers show that he was more inclined to designs of perpetual motion run by gravity. Moreover, he drops vital clues to invent gravity driven perpetual motion machine. As no single illustration is complete in itself, only by taking various illustrations together and combining them, one can reach the truth. Orffyreus planned that after selling his wheel; he would publish his book with drawings annotated extensively to reveal the secret mechanism in every detail. But unfortunately the wheel was never sold and his Maschinen Tractate remains embarrassingly unfinished.

 

 

 

The first page of Maschinen Tractate reads:

 

Further Demonstrations Regarding The Possibility And Impossibility

Of Perpetual Motion.

 

NB.  1st May, 1733. Due to the arrest, I burned and buried all papers that prove the possibility. However, I have left all demonstrations and experiments, since it would be difficult for anybody to see or learn anything about a perpetual motion from them or to decide whether there was any truth in them because no illustration by itself contains a description of the motion; however, taking various illustrations together and combining them with a discerning mind, it will indeed be possible to look for a movement and, finally to find one in them.

 

Orffyreus

 

              J. Collins has recently published  'Maschinen Tractate'. The web site http://www.orffyre.com has also published all 143 illustrations accurately including complete translations of Bessler's accompanying hand written notes.

For drawings see page:

http://www.orffyre.com/drawings.html

 

Bibliothek Kassel

Universitaets Bibliothek Kassel

 

            In the archives of Kassel library ( Universitaets Bibliothek Kassel )all the documents and a series of 141 woodcut engravings prepared by Bessler are safely preserved. In the manuscript room a glass-enclosed bookcase consists of 1719 volume of Orffyreus book with a long Latin title:

 

(BESSLER, Johann Ernst Elias, pseud. Orffyreus). Triumphans Perpetuum Mobile Orffyreanum ... - Das Triumphirende Perpetuum Mobile Orffyreanum an alle Potentaten, hohe Häupter, Regenten und Stände der Welt. In gebürender Submission zu etwanniger Erhandlung vorgestellet, und als ein Antrag entworffen, von dessen Inventore. Title in red and black, parallel text in Latin and German. With 3 folding woodcut plates, and 2 full-page woodcuts. 2 unn. leaves, 168 pp., 2 unn. leaves. 4to. Contemp. half vellum. Kassel, n. pr., 1719. CHF 4500.-- (EUR 2925.--)

First edition of this work on the famous perpetuum mobile by J. E. E. Bessler (1680-1745), who changed his name in the cabbalistic manner of Albam into Orffyreus or Orffyre.

 

At the end of the present work, there are several rhymed verses in Latin or German in praise of Bessler's perpetuum mobile. - Slightly browned throughout as usual, otherwise a well-preserved copy of this outstanding work.

 

          Museum also consists of a huge and ancient bound volume of papers, easily five inches in thickness and maybe twelve by eighteen inches in flat measure. It holds hundreds of hand-written pages - separate documents of diverse size, almost all of them in German, a few in French. Many are letters, some are inventories, and others appeared to be legal documents. The dates ranges from 1712 to 1746 and a good many are signed by Bessler himself, but in the curious affectation of an anagram he used. 141 wood engravings have a small format annotated extensively, perhaps by Bessler himself.

           

Anyone interested in ordering Maschinen Tractate from the Kassel Library should write to Sylvia v. Hilchen at the Kassel liberary in Germany.

Her email address:  hilchen@bibliothek.uni kassel.de

and  the web site http://www.uni-kassel.de/bib/

 

The site provides form to entertain queries from visitors. On this web site you can also find list of libraries around Europe that have books by Bessler.

Send them a written request on the form or via by Post Office snail mail, of what you want and what you are going to do with the documents. They want to know if the intent is personal research or publishing or sharing with groups. They will send you back an order form in English or German that should be sent back. When the order is filled they will write again to tell you the price and you should send the check right away to meet the date deadline. Documents can be purchased as paper photocopies and positive or negative film etc. Form shows the charges in euro dollar and other payment details.

 

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