Leonardo DaVinci

Leonardo DaVinci - the artist as inventor

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There appears to be no field of knowledge where Leonardo DaVinci has not made a contribution to the world: anatomy, physiology, mechanics, hydraulics, physics, mathematics, writing, engineering, philosophy, orbital mechanics, botany, optics were all studied and revealed by his genius.


Flights of Fancy

Leonardo DaVinci made the first real studies of flight in the 1480's. He had over 100 drawings that illustrated his theories on flight.

The ornithopter flying machine was never actually created. It was a design that Leonardo DaVinci made to illustrate how man could fly. Some experts feel that the modern day helicopter was inspired by DaVinci's concept.