Joe Newman

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Joseph Newman is an inventor, originally from Mississippi, who has for years been trying to sell a high-voltage motor (powered by a large number of batteries connected in series) as a free energy device. He called it an "electromagnetomic motor", and wrote all about it (along with his rant-heavy alternative physics that "explained" how it worked) in a self-published book titled The Energy Machine of Joseph Newman.

While his device was published in the 1980s in such fora as Discover magazine, Newman has steadfastly avoided refereed journals. The reason for this is that after a great deal of obfuscation and rigged testing, as well as repeated (and mostly ignored) challenges to debate a Ph.D. physicist on the matter, Newman lost an argument on the Senate floor with then-senator John Glenn (due to his astronaut training, Glenn was likely one of the few in the Senate who understood Newman's claims) and was pwned in a test by the National Bureau of Standards that showed that his device (a type of very high voltage motor, powered by a string of 9V batteries connected in series) could not produce more power than it used.

A history of the whole sordid affair can be found in Voodoo Science by Bob Park (Oxford University Press, 2000), and more information can be found in his Wikipedia articleWikipedia's W.svg.

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