Category:Perpetuum

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The Perpetuum Mobile is not the only invention of Cornelis Drebbel (1572-1633), nor perhaps even the most significant, but it is certainly the one for which he was best known by his contemporaries, and the one of which he remained most proud. It is also the instrument about which most has been written – both by his contemporaries and by modern scholars. What was Drebbel’s famous instrument, how did it actually work, and why was it so important to the late Renaissance court? What can we add to the extensive accounts of Drebbel and his most famous work?