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How to build a bridge, Leonardo Da Vinci-style

DA VINCI BRIDGE

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Daniel Esparza - published on 06/20/17

No nails, no glue, no ropes. Nothing but physics.

Leonardo da Vinci’s vast contributions to the arts and sciences earned him a seat among history’s indisputably greatest minds. The polymath’s interests spanned from engineering to painting, botany to astronomy and all points between, including music. (Did you ever hear about the viola organista, Leonardo’s own musical instrument?)


VIOLA ORGANISTA

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His extensive archive of ideas and schematics has been collected in a 12-volume set known as the Codex Atlanticus. In it, one also finds this self-supporting bridge, built only with wooden poles and beams. That’s it: no nails, no glue, no ropes. Nothing but physics. See the video below to find out how it works!


LEONARDO DA VINCI

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The anatomical sketches of Leonardo, in a downloadable edition

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