Trade in your item
Get a $8.05
Gift Card.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Leonardo's Machines: Da Vinci's Inventions Revealed Paperback – June 1, 2006


Amazon Price New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$102.33 $19.49



NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

China
Engineering & Transportation Books
Discover books for all types of engineers, auto enthusiasts, and much more. Learn more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715324446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715324448
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #660,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Domenico Laurenza has devoted his working life to the research of Renaissance history and scientific iconography, and worked here with Mario Taddei and Edoardo Zanon, both industrial designers specializing in multi-media and computer graphic communications. Mario Taddei is a Leonardo da Vinci aficionado. He has devoted his life to scientific research through digital tools and education. www.mariotaddei.net Edoardo Zanon has dedicated the last few years to the advancement of products in the area of technical and scientific education. www.edoardozanon.net

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
5 star
11
4 star
0
3 star
1
2 star
0
1 star
0
See all 12 customer reviews
It's a great book and looks gorgeous.
A Customer
The book is an excellent for kids with interests in invention.
A Customer
Facinating book with gorgeous drawings.
A Customer

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Happy Reader TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this book because I have tickets to see the traveling exhibit, "The Da Vinci Experience", in a couple months. It is a gorgeous book. Each machine covered has copies of the Da Vinci original plans, plus the editor's illustrations breaking the machine into it's components, with the placements of said componenets. Each machine has explanations of how components and the full machine work (or are supposed to work). Also, each machine has a history of Leonardo's drawings, purpose, client or personal notebooks, etc.

It's a great book and looks gorgeous. I wouldn't think it would be a how-to for a school project unless the kid/parent had a lot of mechanical experience beforehand. All drawings show "real" components that you'd need a full shop to put together. There are no measurements, per se, just comparative sizes shown in the drawings. In the case of Leonardo's original drawings, it looks like this was deliberate.

The book's Introduction tells of Leonardo's problems with Giorgio Tedesco, an assistant of a prominant Medici. He wanted Leonardo to build him wooden models of several inventions. Leonardo successfully argued that he could only give Tedesco the scaled drawings. Historians surmise that Leonardo suspected that Tedesco would take the models back to his country, and take them apart to make full-sized machines out of iron without Leonardo's help. Job security was no laughing matter in the 1500's!

Love the book. Can't wait to see the working full-sized (except for the half-size helicopter)models made from the drawings in the exhibition.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Peterson on April 5, 2008
Format: Paperback
Facinating book with gorgeous drawings. We bought it for our 8 year old son who has always loved inventing and drawing machines of his own creation and were so impressed with it that we bought a copy to donate to his school library too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Domhnall O'suibhne on September 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
excellent illustrations. this book is a must for anybody contemplating building any of Leonardo's machines. Particularly for school projects. Disappointed that the crossbow wasn't included. Otherwise probably one of the best books available on his machines.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Lee Anderson on October 18, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Excellent computer graphics illustrating Leonardo's work. -- As well as the story of the author, who goes through his quest to put together his masterpiece. - A few more intimate details of Leonardo's life would make to totally magical. Domenico Laurenze is more concerned with his researching the last books of Leonardo and how he found them. -- Seemed like a Indiana Jones adventure rather than an adoration of my personal god, Leonardo Di Vinci. -- But the 100s of reproductions of his Leonardo's original drawings made this book unforgetable.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Ann B. Keller on November 9, 2013
Format: Paperback
Most people are aware of the artistic endeavors of Leonardo da Vinci, but it is in his design of machines that the master’s prowess is truly revealed. Through the use of computer graphics, modern technology has now expanded on Leonardo’s drawings. Brilliantly detailed 3-D drawings highlight this book, augmented with numerous stories about the Maestro himself.

Leonardo seemed to be obsessed with the idea of flying. He designed the aerial screw, in which four men could ascend into the heavens, and the flapping wing that mirrored a bird’s flight. Long before the Wright Brothers, Leonardo had developed an ingenious flying machine very similar to the one launched at Kitty Hawk.

Leonardo’s war machines were grimly efficient killing machines. Perhaps one of the most destructive is the scythed chariot, whose knife sharp blades neatly cut through hundreds of foot soldiers like butter. The multi-barreled machine gun could have swung the tide of any confrontation and the bombard, loaded with its sewn ball of projectiles, would have rained death and destruction upon the heads of those below.

Leonardo da Vinci also invented ingenious devices that preceded those we use today, such as the swing bridge and the mechanical saw. Digging out canals to be used for transporting goods and people from city to city was a problem in da Vinci’s days, too. So, the master devised a dredger and three tiered canal excavating crane. He also created a theatrical lift which carried the protagonist into view as two halves of a dome suddenly swung apart, a viola organista meant to be played while marching and the printing press, too.

This book will be greatly enjoyed by all, especially by young adults, who may not know how many of our modern devices have their basis far in the past. Excellently organized and designed. The graphics in this book are outstanding, too, clearly illustrating the great mind at work behind Leonardo’s detailed drawings.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By SilverDragon69 on April 17, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am extremely satisfied by the quality of this book. Not only in content but its physical appearance as well.
This is a great addition to my Leonardo Da Vinci books collection.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Search