Extraordinary Inventions Ranging from the Parachute, Distribution Chain, Bicycle, Oil Press, Paddle Boat…. An Afternoon at The Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Florence
One of my favorite discoveries during my recent trip to Italy was a hidden museum in Florence, Museo Leonardo Da Vinci. It’s one thing to read about the astonishing inventions and discoveries of the magnificent Leonardo Da Vinci, but a complete different and eye opening experience to walk through the museum full of Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions, drawings, paintings, operating and life-size machines.
It was fascinating to see such diverse range of inventions, most of which were inspired by nature. Inventions ranging from the Dragonfly, Distribution Chain (Motion Transmission), Anemometer and Anemoscope, Ball Bearing for Vertical Axes, Parachute, Vertical Ornithopter, Oil Press, Bicycle, Archimedean Screw, Machine Gun, Paddle Boat, Diving Suit for Divers, Mud Dredge Machine, Automation Robot, to Motion Transformation and so much more!
In addition to the extraordinary inventions, the reproductions of his most important paintings, including the Last Supper, the Mona Lisa and the Annunciation was displayed at the Museum.
It was incredible to see the work of such a genius, forward thinking, scientist, artist, innovator. It made me wonder why we don’t have more people like Leonardo Da Vinci in the world, and what would the world be like if more of us were like Leonardo Da Vinci. Perhaps we could come up with a vacuum that eats CO2 or a vacuum that sucks the oil out of the ocean from oil spills, or a transparent smart layer of material that coats and protects wildlife or humans from harm, possibilities are endless…..
Here are some of my favorites!
Image: “Dragonfly” Leonardo studied the wing movement of various winged creatures and tried to reproduce them by drawing out their maximum potential.
Image: “Paddle Boat”, Leonardo studied a rotating blades boat that works with a pedal propulsion device. It worked like a modern paddle boat.
Image: Leonardo’s automation is moved by a system of ropes and pulleys. Leonardo, during his extensive anatomic studies, conceived a mechanical model of the human body, and the automation he has created, corresponds to that idea.
Image: “Hygrometer”, Leonardo conceived this machine to measure atmospheric conditions.
Image: “Diving Suit for Divers”, Leonardo foresaw how he could improve the possibility of human breathing underwater by applying his own knowledge to the physiology of breathing.
Image: Scythed Chariot, This two sickles’ blades armored chariots are lethal power machines. Two rotating blades are mounted on the wheels to keep away enemies.