Famous Inventions of Leonardo da Vinci

Historians stipulate that it was Leonardo da Vinci’s fascination with flight that inspired him to innovate the anemometer, an instrument for measuring the speed of wind.
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Of Leonardo da Vinci’s many areas of study, perhaps this Renaissance man’s favorite was the area of aviation. It was this interest that inspired his most famous invention – the flying machine.
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Though the first actual helicopter wasn’t built until the 1940s, it is believed that Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches from the late fifteenth century detailed a predecessor to the modern-day flying machine.
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Though credit for the invention of the first practical parachute usually goes to Sebastien Lenormand in 1783, Leonardo da Vinci actually conceived the parachute idea a few hundred years earlier.
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The way Leonardo da Vinci saw it, the problem with canons of the time was that they took far too long to load. His solution was to build multi-barreled guns that could be loaded and fired simultaneously.
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The precursor to the modern tank, Leonardo da Vinci's armored car invention was capable of moving in any direction and was equipped with a large number of weapons.
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One thing Leonardo da Vinci may have understood better than any of his contemporaries was the psychological effects of weapons in warfare – as illustrated by his giant crossbow invention.
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As a military engineer, one of Leonardo da Vinci's key beliefs was that mobility was crucial to victory on the battlefield. This idea is seen in his triple barrel canon invention.
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To put away any initial confusion: Leonardo da Vinci did not invent the clock. What he did was design a more accurate clock.
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Perhaps even more interesting than the ambition and innovation behind Leonardo da Vinci's Colossus invention is the dramatic and heartbreaking story of his attempts to bring it to life.
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No idea speaks to the epic ambition and scope of Leonardo da Vinci's inventions better than his ideal city, which combines da Vinci's talents as an artist, architect, engineer and inventor.
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With his innovative, engineering mind, Leonardo da Vinci had many ideas that employed the use of pulleys, weights and gears – including his invention of a fully animated robot.
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Before motorized vehicles were even a glimmer in someone's eye, Leonardo da Vinci designed a self-propelled cart capable of moving without being pushed.
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In his lifetime, da Vinci designed many inventions dealing with water – perhaps, most notably, scuba gear.
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Designed for Duke Sforza, Leonardo da Vinci's revolving bridge could be quickly packed up and transported for use by armies on the move to pass over bodies of water.
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