Leonardo's Machines

Leonardo's Machines

Da Vinci's Inventions Revealed

Book - 2006
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For the first time, a unique and indispensable volume provides insight into the true secrets and inventions held within da Vinci's infamous works. Armored ships and machines emerge fully equipped and functional in stunning three-dimensional, computer-generated art works from da Vinci's own descriptions and drawings. A fascinating in-depth discussion of da Vinci's work and inventions accompanies these illustrations, original sketches, and a chronology of inventions. A remarkable reference for history, technology, or art lovers!

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Presents diagrams of inventions from the drawings in Leonardo da Vinci's original notebooks, categorizing them into flying, war, and hydraulic machines and detailing how each invention would work.

Publisher: Newton Abbot : David & Charles, 2006
ISBN: 9780715324448
Branch Call Number: 609.2 L886L
Characteristics: 239 p. : ill. ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Taddei, Mario 1972-
Zanon, Edoardo


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abkeller Nov 10, 2013

Most people are aware of the artistic endeavors of Leonardo da Vinci, but it is in his design of machines that the master’s prowess is truly revealed. Through the use of computer graphics, modern technology has now expanded on Leonardo’s drawings. Brilliantly detailed 3-D drawings highlight this book, augmented with numerous stories about the Maestro himself.

Leonardo seemed to be obsessed with the idea of flying. He designed the aerial screw, in which four men could ascend into the heavens, and the flapping wing that mirrored a bird’s flight. Long before the Wright Brothers, Leonardo had developed an ingenious flying machine very similar to the one launched at Kitty Hawk.

Leonardo’s war machines were grimly efficient killing machines. Perhaps one of the most destructive is the scythed chariot, whose knife sharp blades neatly cut through hundreds of foot soldiers like butter. The multi-barreled machine gun could have swung the tide of any confrontation and the bombard, loaded with its sewn ball of projectiles, would have rained death and destruction upon the heads of those below.

Leonardo da Vinci also invented ingenious devices that preceded those we use today, such as the swing bridge and the mechanical saw. Digging out canals to be used for transporting goods and people from city to city was a problem in da Vinci’s days, too. So, the master devised a dredger and three tiered canal excavating crane. He also created a theatrical lift which carried the protagonist into view as two halves of a dome suddenly swung apart, a viola organista meant to be played while marching and the printing press, too.

This book will be greatly enjoyed by all, especially by young adults, who may not know how many of our modern devices have their basis far in the past. Excellently organized and designed. The graphics in this book are outstanding, too, clearly illustrating the great mind at work behind Leonardo’s detailed drawings.


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