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Perpetual motion : the history of an obsession

Author: Arthur W J G Ord-Hume
Publisher: Kempton, IL : Adventures Unlimited Press, 2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The deceptively simple task of making a mechanism which would turn forever has fascinated many famous men and physicists throughout the centuries. In fact, the basic tenets of engineering grew from the failures of these perpetual motion machine designers. This work offers an illustrated overview of perpetual motion machines and their inventors -- Provided by the publisher.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Arthur W J G Ord-Hume
ISBN: 1931882517 9781931882514
OCLC Number: 65339444
Description: x, 235 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: What is perpetual motion? --
Elementary physics and perpetual motion --
Medieval perpetual motion --
Self-moving wheels and overbalancing weights --
Lodestones, electro-magnetism and steam --
Capillary attraction and spongewheels --
Cox's perpetual motion --
The Redheffer perpetual motion --
Keely and his amazing motion --
Odd ideas about vaporisation and liquefaction --
The astonishing case of the Garabed Project --
Ever-ringing bells and radium perpetual motion --
Perpetual motion inventors barred from the US patent office --
Rolling ball clocks --
Perpetual lamps --
Philosophical perpetual motion and atomic energy --
The perpetuity of the perpetual motion inventor --
A summing up.
Responsibility: Arthur W.J.G. Ord-Hume.

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The deceptively simple task of making a mechanism which would turn forever has fascinated many famous men and physicists throughout the centuries. In fact, the basic tenets of engineering grew from the failures of these perpetual motion machine designers. This work offers an illustrated overview of perpetual motion machines and their inventors -- Provided by the publisher.

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