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The Ancient Egyptians frequently experimented with ramps, levers and various types of stone used in the construction of pyramids. During the Middle Ages, people designed the drawbridge and catapult. In World War II, engineers created the stealth submarine and radar systems. We now live in a high technology society and it is vital that we increase interest in engineering and general sciences abroad. To do this, we need to inspire the youth of today so that they may become the scientists and engineers of tomorrow. Visual Education Project is designed to attract high school students, their parents and teachers to the world of engineering and technology. We offer hands-on lessons with science mentors to enhance learning processes, excite students and stimulate their interest in mechanical engineering.

Perpetual motion, the action of a device that, once set in motion, would continue in motion forever, with no additional energy required to maintain it. Such devices are impossible on grounds stated by the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Perpetual motion, although impossible to produce, has fascinated both inventors and the general public for hundreds of years. The enormous appeal of perpetual motion resides in the promise of a virtually free and limitless source of power. The fact that perpetual-motion machines cannot work because they violate the laws of thermodynamics has not discouraged inventors and hucksters from attempting to break, circumvent, or ignore those laws.


Over 100 engineering models including 46 Perpetual Motion Machines are looking for the opportunity to be displayed on permanent facility

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History of Perpetual Motion Inventions

Old and new Concepts of Perpetual Motion Machines. Unique mechanical designs implemented in fully functional workable models

Modern Concepts for PM Machines

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Perpetual Rotation

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Basically, there are three kinds of perpetual-motion devices. The first kind includes those devices that purport to deliver more energy from a falling or turning body than is required to restore those devices to their original state. The most common of these, and the oldest, is the overbalanced wheel

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Recommended books for those who want to learn more about Perpetual Motion

Paul Scheerbart

He was a novelist, playwright, poet, newspaper critic, draughtsman, visionary, proponent of glass architecture, and would-be inventor of Perpetual Motion

27 drawings in this book

Arthur W. J. G. Ord-Hume

Perpetual Motion: The History of an Obsession

This book is a very interesting account of perpetual motion through the ages, from when Mankind first invented the wheel to electricity and magnetism. It has detailed pictures of different supposed perpetual motion machines and gives a reason why each did not work. A definitive book on the subject

John Collins

Perpetual Motion - An Ancient Mystery Solved?: Investigation into the Legend of Bessler's Wheel

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