As they say, every era witnesses a birth of a genius..who goes ahead and brings academic troubles to the students for eras to come. There was one guy, whose name became synonymous to word “Genius”.
Leonardo Di Ser Piero Da Vinci , or commonly known as Da Vinci. If you are one of those people who haven’t heard this guy’s name, then you surely are not a Dan Brown fan or you don’t have a friend who is.
This one is for all the Da Vinci code fans out there, who got a glimpse of Leonardo’s genius.
Well, what if I told you there is more Leo Da vinci than just in the Da vinci code. I guarantee you this guy is so much more than you think he is.
Leonardo Da Vinci. (1452-1519). Who was he? He was *takes a long breath*
an Italian painter, sculptor, mathematician, anatomist,cartographer,biologist, engineer, inventor, geologist, architect, zoologist, and astronomer.
I bet that beats Tony Stark . There is a word we use for such people, people who are badasses in numerous fields- Polymath. Da Vinci was a polymath. In simple words- Mr. Know-it-all.
But in his case he actually did know it all.
The guy with the “unquenchable curiosity” and “feverishly inventive imagination”, perfect combo for a headache to school teachers. His biographer Giorgio Vasari wrote :
“The most heavenly gifts seem to be showered on certain human beings. Sometimes supernaturally, marvelously, they all congregate in one individual. . . . This was seen and acknowledged by all men in the case of Leonardo da Vinci, who had. . . an indescribable grace in every effortless act and deed. His talent was so rare that he mastered any subject to which he turned his attention. . . . He might have been a scientist if he had not been so versatile” .
When he died over 33,000 of his pages were left unpublished, passed onto his student Fransesco Melzi, he preserved them with his life but soon he died too and his pages were scattered all over Europe, Some sold to scienctific community unknown of the potential of those pages.Today we have managed to gather his pages back, not the whole lot, just a fraction. Just 6000 pages. What do we know about him through these 6000 pages? We come to know that he was the greatest painter, marvellous inventor and an extra-ordinary genius that man has ever seen. What exactly was in those pages? Well, nothing more than some ‘Scribbles of the wise’.
Ok. Lets enlighten our funny little brains, by knowing what stuff came out of Leonardo’s funny little brain.
Some jaw-dropping inventions and works of Da vinci .
The Vitrutian man.
This is an example of Da Vinci’s study in proportion, he worked out a way to find proportions in the human body. He thought this as a way to connect the human with nature. All those people who are trying to read the paragraphs above and below the naked man, I am sorry to tell you, you will be disappointed. Its Mirror writing, ( Da Vinci code fans saw that one coming). Yes, mirror writing, Da Vinci’s way of writing some special articles.
The first paragraph of the upper part reports Vitruvius: “Vetruvio, architect, puts in his work on architecture that the measurements of man are in nature distributed in this manner, that is:
⦁ a palm is four fingers
⦁ a foot is four palms
⦁ a cubit is six palms
⦁ four cubits make a man
⦁ a pace is four cubits
⦁ a man is 24 palms
and these measurements are in his buildings”. The second paragraph reads: “if you open your legs enough that your head is lowered by one-fourteenth of your height and raise your hands enough that your extended fingers touch the line of the top of your head, know that the center of the extended limbs will be the navel, and the space between the legs will be an equilateral triangle”.
The lower section of text gives these proportions:
⦁ the length of the outspread arms is equal to the height of a man
⦁ from the hairline to the bottom of the chin is one-tenth of the height of a man
⦁ from below the chin to the top of the head is one-eighth of the height of a man
⦁ from above the chest to the top of the head is one-sixth of the height of a man
⦁ from above the chest to the hairline is one-seventh of the height of a man.
⦁ the maximum width of the shoulders is a quarter of the height of a man.
⦁ from the breasts to the top of the head is a quarter of the height of a man.
⦁ the foot is one-seventh of the height of a man.
⦁ from below the foot to below the knee is a quarter of the height of a man.
⦁ from below the knee to the root of the penis is a quarter of the height of a man.
⦁ the distances from below the chin to the nose and the eyebrows and the hairline are equal to the ears and to one-third of the face.
Before you get naked and grab a ruler, to just see if this is true,let me tell you there are people for this, and they have already verified it for you, But still if you don’t buy it and you are stubborn as it can get, then just make sure no one catches you, because no one believes it when you say “This is not what it looks like “.
The drawing itself is often used as an implied symbol of the essential symmetry of the human body, and by extension, of the universe as a whole.
The Aerial Screw.
The helicopter you see stuttering in the skies? Well, The aerial screw is its great great great grandfather. The first helicopter was on paper in 1940s . But Mr.Da Vinci had it on his paper almost 5 centuries before.
500 years before man would witness helicopter’s flight, Leonardo had the design ready. It works on the principle of a simple machine (Don’t ‘duh’ me!) viz. THE ARCHIMEDES SCREW.
A screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a fixed axis. The aerial screw’s working is simple, a thin fabric is made in a shape of a screw and the pole is to be rotated by men, As the pole would rotate so would the screw digging through the air in upward direction. Voila!! You are flying!! This gave birth to the idea of helicopter years later. So next time you a one, remember its because of Da Vinci.
The Diving suit.
Every time you take a dip in the ocean,enjoying all the mesmerizing aquatic beauty. You make Da Vinci smile in his grave. The skinny diving suits you were, is an invention of Da Vinci. He designed a suit to sustain the pressure in deep waters but still maintaining survivable conditions inside the suit. Lets be honest he, he did not design this suit to play with the fishes or hang around with the corals. The main objective of the suit was to enable soldiers to go under water and sabotage enemy ships. Minimum Armed forces yet Maximum damage. That’s why you must always have Da Vinci on your side.
The super-scythed chariot.
The most gore killing machine ever invented, The picture says it all. Leonardo worked under many kings as an engineer, King Francaisco-I ordered him to find a way to defeat an enemy with a humungous amount of cavalry..
Aaaaand Da vinci was ready with the design.
A chariot with slicing blades at the front. Every goddamn thing in that chariot’s way was sliced off, armies chopped off within hours. Not much left for me to say, just leaving that to you to imagine.( God of War fans won’t find that difficult *fist bump*)
Lets face it, Leonardo had a way of making people say “What in the name of Christ is that???”.
Before enemy soldiers would even understand what that thing was, it had already done its job.
Well. To the point now, Da Vinci got this design after thorough analysis of the anatomy of a turtle.This enabled the army to do maximum damage, with hardly suffering any. It has sturdy shell on the outside gun barrels on the edges, and a hollow on the inside where you sit and yell “ TAKE THAT, SUCKERS!! “
[P.S The cluster bomb, The parachute, Ultimate fortress, 33 barralled gun. Tri-canon are also Da Vinci’s Inventions.*pfft* They called him the Renaissance Man for god’s sake ]
Alrighty people. So before you go ahead and conclude away that Da Vinci is a lot more of a Darth Vader-y person, lets learn the whole picture. I can understand why some of you might be thinking Da Vinci as The Dr.Evil from the movies. I assure you there is more to him than just a guy making spy suits,classy helicopters, and chop-a-lot vehicles. Well, no harm in saying, Leonardo Da Vinci built killing machines before it was cool.
Tony Stark probably wishes he had accepted the ‘DaVinci of our time ‘ nickname ,dont you?
– Ajinkya Gawali