Originally Posted by MrInsanePolack
Perpetual Motion: The History of an Obsession by W.J.G. Ord-Hume
Excellent book. Not philosophical, but it blew my mind some of the engineering ideas and hoaxes society has come up with to achieve the impossible. Half the ideas were legit, and were geared towards making life easier, while the other half were for nothing more than fame and financial gain. I found it fascinating how long people have been obsessing over perpetual motion, and how time and changes in technology helped to drive the obsession. It is a great read for anyone who is interested in mechanics and history.
Sounds very interesting, I'm checking it out now. Thanks!