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Image number: RS.14081
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Portrait of David Jones and his 'perpetual motion machine'

Date

ca.1981

Sitter

David Edward Hugh Jones (1938-2017, British), Chemist

Creator

Unknown, Photographer

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Technique

Dimensions

height: 150mm
width: 210mm

Subject

Content object

Description

Portrait of David Jones standing behind one of his bicycle wheel 'perpetual motion machines' with folded arms.

From the David Jones collection. Jones (1938-2017) was a research chemist and science writer. His alter ego, Daedalus, specialised in stretching the limits of science. His fake perpetual motion machines are one example of this.

Object history

This 'pereptual motion machine' was the first of a series of bicycle wheel machines created by Jones that deliberately concealed their mode of motion. It was created on the request of New Scientist Magazine for a meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in York, 1981. It was later displayed in the Physical Chemistry Department of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, where members of the public were invited to guess how it worked.

Associated place

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