[2015] Cooper Brown: Leonardo da Vinci

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[2015] Cooper Brown: Leonardo da Vinci

LeoA Brilliant Mind

Leonardo had trouble communicating his discoveries of the human anatomy. He actually loathed the smell of dissecting 30 cadavers at his home to produce accurate sketches. He investigated the movement of the body levers and muscle in contraction and extension. His drawings had little influence on scientific advancement in the Renaissance.

Leonardo concentrated on organs of humans too. He dissected the heart and was fascinated by the valve system and wondered how the blood was pumped and transported. He made a wax cast and later a glass replica of the heart. In his life many thought he wasted time on science and not enough on art. Not until the twentieth century, did cardiologists confirm his findings as accurate and useful. To this day his work of the mitral valve in the heart is still used in modern classes.

Leonardo da Vinci was a brilliant minded individual who used his skill in observation to record and analyze animals, humans, and engineering new inventions. He was also a prolific painter with the Mona Lisa and Last Supper just two of his famous works.

Leonardo produced a codex of sketches of birds and mechanics of flying. It contained 35,000 words and 500 sketches. He designed a parachute and a hang glider , as well as wings. Many of his concepts of wing design, lift and gravity would be revisited in future centuries to create the first flight machines.His drawings of the airscrew and a 15 foot replica made out of reeds was a predecessor to modern heliocoptor some 500 years later. His triple barrel canon was the weapon of choice in the nineteenth century. His giant crossbow was also finessed in the 1600s for warfare.

1452-1519 Leonardo da Vinci was a great designer of many different things and new ideas. He is said to be the guy who truly wanted to know everything. He has also been known to put secret messages in his paintings. His paintings and sketches influenced a lot of people now and back then. He was indeed the true Renaissance man-an artist, scientist, engineer and inventor. He was a private man and did not speak Latin fluently, which marred his communication. He never attended a university. His sketches of anatomy, inventions, and engineering were not public until the 1600s, after his death. They have influenced modern society more than the Renaissance era. With the precise mechanical drawings and experiments came modern weapons, flight machines and anatomy discoveries, especially in cardiology. Bill Gates purchased one of da Vinci's notebooks in 1994. "It's an inspiration that one person—off on their own, with no feedback, without being told what was right or wrong—that he kept pushing himself," Gates says, "that he found knowledge itself to be the most beautiful thing."

Leo never published his findings and drawings in anatomy. Many believe that if they were published that Leonardo would have been held in high esteem of the scientific community. Not until the 1600s was his volumes discovered. Until then they were private.


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