Leonardo da Vinci: Inventor
"Human subtelty will never devise an
invention more beautiful,
more simple or more direct than does Nature, because in her inventions, nothing is lacking
and nothing is superfluous."
Leonardo da Vinci
If you think Leonardo da Vinci's most important work was
primarily as an inventor, your final project will be a multimedia presentation that
includes words, images and music supporting your view. You will show his work
as an inventor, keeping in mind the following questions as you do your research and
collect your images:
1. What is the
definition of a machine?
2. What new ideas about machines did Leonardo have? What types of machines
interested him the most?
3. What kind of building materials were available to Leonardo da Vinci?
How did that influence the design and success of his new machines?
4. How did Leonardo's machines compare with other inventions of his
time? What was the Renaissance?
5. Who sponsored Leonardo da Vinci's work, and what did they hope to gain from his
6. Are Leonardo's designs still useful today? What have you learned
from Leonardo da Vinci that could this help you with inventions of your own?
You may use the
following web sites to complete your assignment:
Inventor's Workshop http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsWorkshop.html
Leonardo's Mysterious Machines http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeosMysteriousMachinery.html
Elements of Machines http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/InventorsToolbox.html
Leonardo's Machines http://www.museoscienza.org/english/leonardo/
The British Library http://www.bl.uk/whatson/exhibitions/leonardo/leonardo.html
da Vinci Invented Natural Plastic
Renaissance Man:Inventor http://inventors.about.com/gi/dynamic/offsite.htm?site
Leonardo da Vinci Collection http://www.lib.stevens-tech.edu/collections/davinci/inventions/index.html
Civil Machines http://www.lairweb.org.nz/leonardo/clocks.html
War Machines http://www.lairweb.org.nz/leonardo/armoured.html
da Vinci Invented Car Forerunner
The Question of Leonardo's Bicycle http://www.kausal.com/leonardo/bicycle.html
Leonardo da Vinci Bicycle Hoax http://users.aol.com/pryordodge/Leonardo_da_Vinci.html
The Leonardo da Vinci Bicycle Hoax http://www.cyclepublishing.com/history/leonardo%20da%20vinci%20bicycle.html
Did da Vinci Invent the Car? http://www2.chinadaily.com.cn/english/doc/2004-04/25/content_326077.htm
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