posted on Mar, 20 2009 @ 05:08 PM
When I read some of these responses I can't help but recall the tale about the scientist/theorist and the engineer...
In the auditorium of a local college a scientist/theorist and an engineer were invited to do an experiment. Both would stand next to each other at
one end of the hall, while at the other end there would stand a beautiful swimsuit model. The first one to make it to the girl would get to marry
her, BUT they were only allowed to move half the distance each time. In frustration for wasting his time the scientist/theorist exclaimed, "There's
no way I'll EVER reach her!" and promptly stormed out the door. The engineer laughed a bit while he stood on the starting line, and mumbled under
his breathe, "... Maybe, but I can get close enough to kiss her."
It depends on how you define 'perpetual motion'. At what scope and scale are we talking about? The way I define it we already have perpetual
motion machines. Quite simple machines in fact. Ever heard of the water wheel? It's been in existence for some time now. It does matter where you
plug the machine into the 'energy circuit', and there are some cyclical behaviors that have to be considered. Extrapolate the concept from there.
What energy circuit do you want to plug into? Heat, electrical, magnetic, light, chemical reactions, nuclear reactions, etc?
You have to convert one energy source to another, so I don't think just permanent magnets alone will work. There will be coiling, plating, and/or
chemistry in the process, mechanical breakdown to consider, and you'd probably need to put the machine in motion first (maybe). But these things
need to be considered in all of our current technology/devices as well.
Forest from the trees, I say.
I hope you're continuing your research!