Leonardo Da Vinci
Painter , painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist and a writer .
Vinci , Italy . April 15 , 1452
He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. His genius perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of theRenaissance man , a man of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination". According to art historian the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci states that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.
The first parachute had been imagined and sketched by Leonardo Da Vinci in the 15th century. It’s hard to believe something as “modern” as a parachute could be invented over 500 years ago. Leonardo’s parachute design consists of sealed linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles, about seven metres long. Still, because his ideas were way ahead of his time, the technology was not able to sustain his ideas, thus nobody invented a practical parachute until 1783.
That's a pity, because da Vinci's designs were spectacularly ahead of his time. If they had been built, they might have revolutionized the history of technology, though many of them may have been impossible to build with the tools available in the 15th and 16th centuries. In recent years, however, engineers have begun to construct models of da Vinci's amazing machines and most of them actually work. In the following pages we'll look at some of the most imaginative and coolest of the designs that da Vinci sketched out in his notebooks .