Buy New
$13.50
Qty:1
& FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
History -- Modern Marvels... has been added to your Cart
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

History -- Modern Marvels Da Vinci Tech

5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

Additional DVD options Edition Discs
Price
New from Used from
DVD
(Jul 17, 2008)
"Please retry"
1
$13.50
$13.50 $17.99

Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime
Unlimited Streaming with Amazon Prime Start your 30-day free trial to stream thousands of movies & TV shows included with Prime. Start your free trial
DVD-R Note: This product is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com. [Learn more]
$13.50 & FREE Shipping on orders over $49. Details In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.


Editorial Reviews

Nearly 500 years after his death, Leonardo da Vinci still intrigues us. Most people think of him as a great artist, but he was also a remarkable scientist and inventor. His love of mechanics was unparalleled and he filled his notebooks with pages of incredible machines--from weapons of war to "Ships of the Skies", from submarines and scuba suits to robots and an analogue computer...even contact lenses and alarm clocks! How did a 15th-century man envision such modern innovations? If we follow his plans, would any of his designs work? We need wonder no more. With recent technological advances and new materials, we're the first generation able to bring Leonardo's drawings to life--to learn whether his "mechanical dreams" were workable plans. We explore the fascinating intersection of his art, science, and engineering marvels, and use them to offer insight into this "Genius of Geniuses", who remains as elusive as Mona Lisa's smile.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Producers: Hearst
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: A&E Television Networks
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2008
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CU9CCE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

By Loyd Eskildson HALL OF FAME on September 4, 2008
"Da Vinci Tech" reminds viewers that Leonardo, known mostly for his paintings, was also an engineer well ahead of his time - especially regarding warfare. Even more impressive is the fact that all his accomplishments were achieved despite being denied formal education because of his illegitimacy.

The DVD asserts that Da Vinci's war inventions were particularly focused on terrifying opponents. One was a giant crossbow that spanned 27 yards; armored vehicles (powered by eight soldiers inside turning crankshafts, cannon shells that exploded on impact, a robot knight (extremely limited in its capabilities), mobile bridges, and a mobile cart were others.

Da Vinci's backward writing, very difficult for others to read, is believed to be an early form of patent protection that he used.

Da Vinci also put considerable effort into flight, beginning with the study of birds. One of his early innovations in this area was to study potential propeller pitches effect on water flow. While his helicopter design, powered by four men and using pitched rotors was unable to fly (too heavy), it was carefully studied hundreds of years later by Igor Sikorsky as part of his creating the first flyable helicopter. Another design was for a flying ornithopter with wings that would twist.

Bottom Line: Da Vinci was a Renaissance Man, par excellence.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Verified Purchase
Worked perfectly, Great condition
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Forums