Young Studio of History

Presenting...European Renaissance: Inventors + Inventions


We are so excited to announce the opening of our newest exhibit about European Renaissance inventors and their inventions! In this exhibit you will get an up close look at the inventions themselves and who invented it. From Da Vinci's giant crossbow to Zacharias Janssen's compound microscope you will get an understanding of the inventors and their inventions during the European Renaissance.

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Quick Background Info

Da Vinci came up with many inventions and innovations concerning many professions and areas of interest. Two of his inventions were the Great Crossbow and the Clock (more advanced). A quote of his states, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." Read below for more info on two of his inventions!
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Giant Crossbow

- invented in 1486

- designed mainly intimidation

- designed to fire large stone's instead of giant arrows to cause an outbreak of panic

- the arm was approximately 24 meters long

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Clock (more advanced)

- invented sometime between 1452-1519

- created a more accurate clock with 2 separate hands

- one for minutes and one for hours

- this lead to a more accuracy on the past clocks

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Johannes Gutenberg

Quick Background Info

Born and raised in Germany, Johannes Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced printing to Europe and soon the whole world. Read and watch the video clip below to know more!
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Printing Press

- by 1450 the printing press was in action

- considered one of the most significant inventions of the Middle Ages

- enabled the fast flow of information and lead to the spread of new ideas

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How a Gutenberg printing press works

Zacharias Janssen

Quick Background Info

A Dutch spectacle maker who invented the first compound microscope. Janssen also is credited with inventing the first optical telescope. Read below to know more about this important invention!
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Compound Microscope

- invented in 1590

- had 3 sliding tubes for different lenses

- objective lens is positioned close to the object + produces an image that is picked up by the second lens, called the eye piece

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Galileo Galilei

Quick Background Info

An Italian astronomer, philosopher, and mathematician, Galileo played a major role in the scientific revolution of the Renaissance. A famous quote of his is, "You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself." Read below to know more!
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- invented a little before the 1600's

- a tall, sealed glass cylinder containing clear liquid in which several small glass bulbs are floating

- as the temperature changes, these bulbs rise + sink, indicating the temperature of the surrounding air

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Galileo Thermometer: How Does it Work?