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Leonardo's Machines: Da Vinci's Inventions Revealed [Paperback]

Domenico Laurenza
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28 April 2006
The work of Leonardo da Vinci has always been recognized as that of true genius, and yet his coded notebooks, diagrams – and the secrets that lie within them – have been shrouded in mystery and misconception. Scholars have studied the codices and notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, searching for the truths hidden behind the thousands of notes and drawings within them; inevitably these intricate works have often been misunderstood or misinterpreted. However, now, for the very first time, this unique volume provides a privileged insight into the secrets and inventions held within these infamous works. This unique volume combines work from the original secret, coded, notebooks along with modern computer imaging, to piece together over 30 of Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical inventions into a sensational set of never-seen-before artworks. From Leonardo da Vinci’s descriptions and drawings – and by using digital imaging – armoured ships, hydraulic machinery, winches and machines destined for use in war, work and pleasure emerge fully equipped and functional in stunning 3-dimensional, computer-generated artworks. A fascinating in-depth discussion of da Vinci’s work and inventions accompanies these illustrations, revealing at the same time the incredible journey the authors of this book travelled whilst compiling it. • Annotated 3-dimensional diagrams show every working part of the machinery, demonstrating in incredibly accurate detail exactly how the machines would have operated • Incredible recreations of the finished inventions show how they would have been used in contemporary life • Machines explored here range from work machines, manned flying machines and mechanical bridges to musical instruments and devastating circular tanks • In-depth analysis of Leonardo da Vinci’s inventions reveal the stories that led the authors to the finished designs a, and what can be learnt from them The result of many years of research, this volume succeeds in breaking through the web of symbols and drawings used by the maestro to record his imaginative inventions, thus providing indispensable reading for all Leonardo da Vinci enthusiasts.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles; illustrated edition edition (28 April 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715324446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715324448
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…brings some of the most spectacular inventions of Leonardo da Vince crashing into the 21st century" --How It Works

About the Author

Domenico Laurenza has devoted his working life to the research of Renaissance history and scientific iconography, and worked here with Mario Taddei and Edoardo Zanon, both industrial designers specializing in multi-media and computer graphic communications.

Mario Taddei is a Leonardo da Vinci aficionado. He has devoted his life to scientific research through digital tools and education.

Edoardo Zanon has dedicated the last few years to the advancement of products in the area of technical and scientific education.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic for Engineers 13 Feb 2009
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I bought it for a friend's Xmas present. He is an engineer who is fascinated in all things mechanical, electric, electronic, natural. He thought it was a delightful book. Incredible structures and theories behind their build.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Da Vinci of course 31 Dec 2009
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I simply love the Genius that is Da Vinci, ahem, pardon my pretentious opening but in all honesty i do.

Looking at these works of his being dissected and pulled apart really give you a good insight to how this man was literally centuries ahead of his time, i love that it is slightly quirky in the sense it comes as an instruction manual but it's a great read with wonderful illustrations and diagrams of a master and his craft.

The only let down of this book is that awful type face on the front cover which gives it a look only a maths teacher could appreciate.

But pettiness aside a great book overall.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book if you can get it at a sensible price 25 Feb 2011
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I wrote a review a couple of weeks back on this book, where I praised the book, but bemonaned the crazily high prices, happily the prices seem more reasonable now, but don't rush in to buy as it seems to vary in price dramatically from week to week.

I bought this book as I was interested in the inventions of da Vinci, but not so much in his art (I know, what a Philistine!).

This book delivers this in spades. There are details of many of his inventions (helicopters, wings, tanks, pumps, all sorts) in both words and beautifully rendered art work.

It's printed on good quality paper to make the best of the artwork too, but the c.75 some people ask for it is way too much.

For [] or less, it's a great book, but shop carefully unless you absolutely HAVE to have this book.
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