For centuries, people have been trying to create a perpetual motion
machine. After starting the machine once, it could be used endlessly.
A perpetual motion machine would have to be independent of any
external energy source: receiving its energy literally from nothing.
It is commonly believed that the idea for such a machine was
first proposed by Europeans in the thirteenth century. Even earlier,
however, the Indian poet, mathematician, and astronomer Bhaskara
II described a device resembling a perpetual motion machine. The
concept was further developed in the 16th and 17th centuries, when
Europe was transitioning to mechanized modes of production. At approximately the same time, a postulate emerged about the impossibility
of a perpetual motion machine, although it has not yet been
fully enshrined by science.
Read more in new issue 4 of the OYLA Youth Science magazine.
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