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Man with Wings by Joseph Cottler

Man with Wings

The Story of Leonardo da Vinci

by Joseph Cottler

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7 Hrs. 22 Mins.


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.


  1. Man with a Notebook
  2. The Shop
  3. How Leonardo learned his Trade
  4. Story of a Picture
  5. A Letter
  6. It can be made
  7. Madonna of the Rocks
  8. The Girl with the Ermine
  9. Witches and Dreams
  10. Ludovico's Answer
  11. Secret Nights
  12. New World
  13. Pavia
  14. A Boy in Pavia
  15. Man on a Horse
  16. The Betrayal
  17. The Last Supper
  18. The Quest
  19. Noses and Other Plain Matters
  20. Flight
  21. Saints and Sinners
  22. In the Service of Cesare Borgia
  23. The River
  24. War and the Lady
  25. Man with Wings

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