Impossibility of Perpetual Motion Shown at Chicago Fair (Sep, 1934)

Impossibility of Perpetual Motion Shown at Chicago Fair

A “BALL power wheel” which is supposed to turn continuously because it is always unbalanced is just one of the many interesting “perpetual motion” models on exhibit in the Hall of Science of A Century of Progress.

In spite of the fact that centuries of effort have failed to produce a single working perpetual motion machine, inventors continue wasting time and money on the idea. This exhibit is intended to show in a convincing manner just why it is impossible to construct such a device. Though many of the models run a surprisingly long time, friction eventually stops every one.

  1. Don says: December 14, 200710:36 am

    And here we are in the 21st century, and some folks still don’t understand. (See
    http://www.bwanetwork.c… for example . . . .)

  2. Stannous says: December 14, 200712:06 pm

    One of my favorite t-shirts of all time said, in letters fading to almost unreadability:

    Entropy rules

  3. Bob says: December 14, 20071:59 pm

    If you really want to waste some time on impossible inventions and perpetual motion check out this link.…

  4. Neil Russell says: December 14, 20072:17 pm

    You mean my stock in the Newman Energy Machine is worthless?
    Well heck, and we were just a short way away from a positive demonstration, in fact if the energy could be tapped from promises of charlatans like Joe Newman we could have that sky light system featured a few articles down!

  5. jayessell says: December 14, 20072:17 pm

    3 or 4 years ago plastic disks the size of a quarter were for sale for $200 – $300 each.
    Glued to your fuel tank, its “holographic frequencies” were suppossed to change the molecular structure of the fuel to give significantly better mileage and reduce pollutants.

    “Smogbuster Fuel Disk”

    The websites are long gone but the debunkers still exist.

    PS: A local TV station did a report… bought it hook line and sinker… not archived at their website.

  6. jayessell says: December 14, 20074:09 pm

    KIFI Local News 8
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  7. Rick Auricchio says: December 14, 20074:56 pm

    That wheel looks rather neat. It’d be fun to find the plans for it.

  8. Firebrand38 says: December 14, 20079:24 pm

    This should be a start…

  9. Firebrand38 says: December 14, 20079:45 pm

    Also check out here…

  10. jayessell says: December 16, 200712:47 pm

    I’d like to hide a motor and battery in one of those!

  11. Vee says: December 18, 20073:59 pm

    Define perpetual please. Perpetual as to never able to obtain absolute zero or perpetual as the universe itself with particles appearing and disappearing or changing to other forms on a regular basis or perpetual raising of taxes or perpetual government ineptitude or perpetual stupidity and ignorance of the human race. See, there are perpetual systems, just need to figure out how to harness them but we will probably try to hunt for a way in perpetuity.

  12. bharani says: March 26, 200812:25 pm

    sir ,,
    what r the reasons for this type of perpetual motion machine will not rotate? because we r the student who going to made this project .

    reply please .to this mail .


  13. M.Surya prakasam says: April 27, 20112:32 am

    I have got an idea on perpetual motion machine.I tried to make this machine with 20 bearings.So,
    the outside bearing wheel gone into friction.To reduce friction,nearly 80 bearings can be used.If they are kept in regular way,the wheel continously rotates.My financial conditions aren’t well to prepare this machine.So,I request you to give Rs.50,000 for preparing this machine.

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