Leonardo and the Design of Machines

  • Plinio InnocenziEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1140)


Leonardo’s machine designs are an extraordinary testimony to the technologies developed during the Renaissance. Leonardo’s Codices contain a repertoire of machines of all types and for different uses. Many of these projects are shown by Leonardo with extreme attention to details and a sophisticated level of technical representation. Leonardo also analytically dissects the individual mechanical elements to recompose them in the design of complex machines. Leonardo studied the individual elements of a machine and their functions with an analytical and systematic approach. The mechanical parts will then be recomposed for the design of its more complex devices such as automata.


Leonardo da Vinci Design Engineering Machines Renaissance Science and technology history 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Chemistry and Pharmacy, Laboratory of Materials Science and NanotechnologyUniversity of SassariSassariItaly

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