a general term that refers to the patented Radionics devices
invented by electrical engineer Dr. Thomas Galen Hieronymus
(November 1895–1988). Hieronymus received a U.S. Patent for his
invention in 1949, which was described in the application title as
a device for "detection of emanations from materials and
measurement of the volumes thereof."
theory of operation on which Hieronymus Machines are based is that
all matter emits a kind of "radiation" that is not
electromagnetic, but exhibits some of the characteristics of both
light and electricity. The quality of this emanation is unique to
every kind of matter, and therefore can be utilized for detection
and analysis. Hieronymus coined the term "eloptic
energy" to describe this radiation (from the words
"electrical" and "optical".) All of his
machines were designed to detect and manipulate this eloptic
energy. Eloptic emanations have never been detected by
instruments designed to measure electromagnetic energies, so the
theory is not accepted by mainstream science.
inventions of Hieronymus were championed by Astounding
Science Fiction editor John W. Campbell in late
1950s and early 1960s editorials. Campbell was convinced
that the machines were almost magical in nature, and
that symbplic representations the of Hieronymus Machine could work
by analogy or symbolism, directing the user's ESP powers.
an example, Campbell believed one could create an eloptic receiver
or similar device with the prisms and amplifiers represented by
their cardboard or even schematic representations. Through
the use of mental powers, such a machine would function as well as
its "real" equivalent. While Campbell claimed that
Hieronymus machines actually did perform this way, the concept was
never fully accepted by Hieronymus nor pursued by him in later
find a schematic diagram of the Heironymus Machine, You can use it
to build your own machine or use it as it is:
a high resolution copy of the diagram above..
Hieronymus Machine image can be downloaded
and printed out, and should fit nicely on a standard sheet of
Print out the Hieronymus diagram and the knob.
Mount the diagram and knob on a suitable backing.
glossy)surface material is the best type from which to get stick
from the sensor pad. Also have the knob laminated, and cut out
the printout to a stiff backing such as a piece of 1/4″
thick cardboard and attach the knob with a simple thumbtack.
For a high quality version, glue the laminated diagram to a piece
of stiff plastic, bakelite or thin plywood (silicon “goop” is
good for this.) Then mount rubber feet underneath at the corners.
This give you a solid device that can sit on a tabletop.
Cut a small hole through the center of the knob, and another hole
through the center of the dial on the diagram. Use a suitable
length and diameter screw, washers and bolt to fasten the dial to
the diagram, so it rotates freely.
are the particular instructions for using the controls of the
Place a power object, such as a crystal, or a watch battery on top
of the “POWER” section.
(Optional) Prepare the machine for work by exposing to bright
sunlight or by waving a strong magnet over it for at least ten
seconds, a few inches above the surface in a random pattern.
Place the witness sample on top of the round spiral (leaf
clipping, hair, fur, photograph or other witness that represents
Stroke the stick pad while concentrating on the purpose of the
work. Starting with the pointer on “0″, turn the tuning
dial until a stick reaction is felt on the fingers stroking the
pad. If you dial all the way to the “100″ without a
reaction, turn it back-and-forth and keep scanning until you get a
reaction. Alternatively, you can use a pendulum suspended over the
Sensor Pad instead of using your fingertips. Tune the dial until
you get a pendulum reaction.
Release your fingers from the stick pad and the Machine will
continuously broadcast the tuned intention to the target.