Perpetual Motion OR??
Date: Saturday, October 18, 2003 @ 00:58:07 GMT
Topic: Devices

My name is Matthew Emery and I am a student at Purdue University. In this past semester I took 'The History of Science and Technology.' As a non-traditional student, single father, and a creative writing major, I didn't quite fit in with most of the students. But, increasingly inspired by science, I stuck it out anyway. More inspiring though is Edward Leedskalnin.

Ed's books and magnetic current and have kept them filed away. That is until recently when I pulled them out for the history class. If the student wished to receive an 'A' they could either do a project or write a fifteen page paper. I choose the prior.

The project was instigated when the professor mentioned perpetual motion, particularly the impossibility-because of the laws of thermodynamics. The professor was more than willing to approve my attempting perpetual motion, but with obvious skepticism. Using Ed Leedskalnins specifications I built his device for perpetuating motion.

friend of mine is an electrician and he was able to scrounge up two five-hundred foot rolls of 14 gauge wire. Although Ed's specifications called for 16 gauge wire, I decided to go ahead and make the two coils (aluminum core). After wrestling with the wire for hours, they ended up working out great. It all worked out quite well; that is, according to its originator - achieving a perpetuating magnetic current in the core of the metal.

To prove the experiment I wired the coils (when the device is in a perpetuating state, the coils can be manipulated in any way and even taken off) to a light bulb and broke the circulating current, demonstrating to the professor the amount of light that would flash in the bulb.

I then set the current in motion again and left it in his office for a week. The professor agreed that the same amount of light came out as did the week prior.

He unfortunately didn't agree it to be perpetual motion, yet didn't quite put a finger on what it was. He did briefly describe Maxwell's theories and insist the answer is somewhat complicated. I felt like I needed some closure and wrote to the head of the physics department and apparently they are not interested.

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