Man with Wings: The Story of Leonardo da Vinci

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Joseph Cottler

Narrated By: Robert Mansell

Publisher: CoolBeat Audiobook Publishing

Date: August 2008

Duration: 7 hours 23 minutes

Summary:

A biography of the Aeronautical Engineer, and artistically talented Anatomist, Leonardo da Vinci.

Today most people remember Leonardo for his few surviving anatomically correct works of art. They forget that Leonardo spent most of his life experimenting and designing automated machines. He constantly observed the mechanics of nature. He dissected human bodies, carefully recording the workings of muscles and organs. He studied optics, sound and light, gravity, heliocentric celestial mechanics, physical geology, fluid dynamics, and especially the flight of birds. Leonardo believed that machines could be built, using levers, gears, and pulleys, that could reproduce the efforts of men, birds, and fish; and be used to create huge civil engineering projects. Some of his unique creations, designed years before the birth of their famous so-called ""inventors"", included pre-fabricated housing, practical indoor plumbing, armored cars, machine guns, armor clad ships, submarines, lenses, mechanical music machines, robots, transmission gears, roller bearings, brakes, streamlining, aeroplane propellers, parachutes, and gliders.

CONTENTS:

Man with a Notebook
The Shop
How Leonardo learned his Trade
Story of a Picture
A Letter
It can be made
Madonna of the Rocks
The Girl with the Ermine
Witches and Dreams
Ludovico's Answer
Secret Nights
New World
Pavia
A Boy in Pavia
Man on a Horse
The Betrayal
The Last Supper
The Quest
Noses and Other Plain Matters
Flight
Saints and Sinners
In the Service of Cesare Borgia
The River
War and the Lady
Man with Wings
Instrumental

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