The pils glass experiment

“After a few beers” or on the trail of the secret of life by very simple means?

For the Pils glass experiment (a Pils glass is a large stemmed beer glass see picture below) you need two Pils glasses. Half fill them with water. Put a Kölsch glass (a small straight beer glass see picture below) in each. Now carefully pour water into the two Kölsch glasses until they centre.

Then, using a pencil, rotate one of the Kölsch glasses. The Kölsch glass which is made to move will rotate round its own axis for about 8 minutes, then it seems to come to a standstill but just before it does a pendular movement starts. Suddenly the unexpected happens: the second Kölsch glass untouched by the observer very slowly starts to take on the pendular movement.

 

Setup of the experiment

 

Picture 1: 2 identical Pils glasses, 2 identical Kölsch glasses (the inner radius of the Pils glasses should be 6 to 10 mm larger than the outer radius of the Kōlsch glasses), a tray (to catch the water spillage), scissors, 10 page markers (the coloured ends cut into small sails and stuck to the edge of the glasses) camera fixed on a tripod

Picture 2: Fill Pils glasses a little bit more than half way with water and put Kölsch glasses inside.

Picture 3: Carefully fill Kölsch glasses with water until they centre in the Pils glasses

Picture 4: Between the edge of the Pils glass and the side of the Kölsch glass there will be a small “water mountain”

Picture 5: Start one of the Kölsch glasses rotating using a pencil. Depending on the impetus the rotation can last 5 to 10 minutes, only when the moving glass has nearly reached standstill, the non moving glass starts to move.

Depending on the observer, time and force of the rotation can differ. To avoid the “human interference field” a fixed camera is recommended. The markers on the glasses undoubtedly prove - as shown by the shadow play - the consecutive movement of rotation

For the Pils glass experiment you need two Pils glasses which are half filled with water. You place a Kölsch glass in each. Now you need to carefully pour water into both Kölsch glasses until they centre in the Pils glasses.  The right Kölsch glass is carefully set into rotation with a pencil. The Kölsch glass which is set in motion rotates for up to 8 minutes round its own axis, then it seems to come to rest, but just before the standstill a pendular movement starts. Suddenly the unexpected occurs: the left Kölsch glass untouched by the observer slowly takes on the pendular movement of the right glass.

For the second Pils glass experiment you need six Pils glasses half filled with water. In each a Kölsch glass is placed. Now you very carefully pour water into the Kölsch glasses until they centre in the Pils glasses. In the left Pils glass in the foreground the Kölsch glass is carefully rotated with a pencil. The Kölsch glass which had been set in motion rotates for about 8 minutes, then it seems to stop, however, just before it does, a pendular movement starts. Suddenly the unexpected occurs: the Kölsch glass swimming on the right untouched by the observer starts a strong lateral acceleration, as do the remaining glasses standing next to the right outside glass but with the lateral movement significantly reducing from glass to glass.

Enigma

The following phenomenon requires an explanation: If the "Pilsglassexperiment" is performed as described above, there is a high probability that also the second "Koelschglass" which had not been touched, will rotate. This rotation of the untouched "Koelschglass" usually only starts after 5 to 10 minutes, i.e. at a time when the other "Koelschglass" that had been touched, only has a minimal rotation left, no longer visible with the naked eye.
The nature of the rotation is highly variable. In the majority of cases - after several minutes of standstill - it suddenly rotates minimally during several minutesThis happens in such a discrete manner that the movement cannot be seen by the naked eye without a measuring device. Number and composition of the observers as well as their respective position in the circle can influence significantly the angle of rotation of the "Koelschglass". Sometimes there is no rotation at all. The rotation can be very minimal (e.g. by only 1degree) or be clearly visible (e.g. by 15 or even 30 degrees). Sometimes it appears as if forces balance each other. The "Koelschglass" that has been moved manually as well as the one that has not been touched rotate at first for several minutes in the same direction and then for some time in the opposite direction. The reverse rotation of the "Koelschglass" that had been moved manually (which before had rotated several times around its own axis) is very discrete (maximum 15 degrees}. This can result in a sort of pendular process, by which the "Koelschglasses" change direction more than once at a speed that is no longer visible for the naked eye. It has been shown that the effect is significantly more pronounced when still water is used (e.g. Volvic).


Wrong answer:

During a presentation on April 21 2006 at Mr. Koerner's in Berlin the physicist ,Professor Martin Lambeck explained the phenomenon (in the presence of "ZEITWissen" editor in chief Christoph Droeser and a representative of "vdi Nachrichten) by the principle of "coupled oscillation". This explanation is incorrect, as a solid medium for the coupling is missing (the "Koelschglasses" are floating in the water). In addition it does not explain the rotation.

 

Looking for an answer:

Up until today there is no explanation based on physics for the Pilsglass experiment of Dr. med. Herbert Koerner.

Status: May 2007

 

Explanation based on quantum mechanics:

In quantum mechanics the role of the observer and his influence on the results of measurements continues to be discussed controversially. Nobel prize winner Eugene Wigner (1902 - 1995) speaks about waves of awareness that have the capacity to influence quantum-mechanical wave functions. The Pilsglassexperiment demonstrates, that different observers can an produce differences in the amplitudes of rotation. This remains an open question for quantum physicists.

 FIRST EDITION: 2007-12-19

 UPDATE: 2008-11-30

 LAST UPDATE: JAN 2021

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Technical background of the Pilsglas-experiment:

The Pils glass experiment, a modification of the Cavendish experiment, it comes to mass dynamic comparative measurements with two or more separate axes of rotation. The in water baths centered free-floating cylinder glasses take over the function of a  multiaxial mass dynamic torque  comparative spirit level . "Dynamic torque" means that the amount of the angle and the length of time with which to move the dormant cylinder glasses, information about the mechanical torque acting there.

Medical background of the Pilsglas-experiment:

For many years I have been working on the control- and regulation- mechanisms of the human body. I have been searching for the causes of information transmission between humans that takes plac outside the five senses. For me as a Medical Doctor and engineer it does not suffice to believe, I need to know. As man consists of 70% water, it is natural for me to demonstrate this with water as medium – through the “Pilsglassexperiment”.

Berlin April 2016

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