Leonardo da Vinci: Architect Extraordinaire

Karly Bast with her scale model of Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge design (Gretchen Ertl)

Scientists Prove Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-Year-Old Bridge Design Actually Works

by Jason Daley /Smithsonian.com

Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t known for getting things done. He was often years or even decades late when delivering paintings, and many of the fantastical schemes he concocted (think giant horse statues and flying machines) barely progressed beyond the page.

Still, new research conducted by engineers at MIT suggests one of the Renaissance giant’s unbuilt designs—a bridge poised to be the world’s longest—would have worked if the artist had actually followed through on his plans.

Leonardo drafted his proposal in response to Sultan Bayezid II’s 1502 appeal for bridge designs. Bayezid, ruler of the Ottoman Empire, wanted to connect the cities of Constantinople and Galata, which were separated by a river estuary called the Golden Horn.

As Jennifer Ouellette reports for Ars Technica, the main obstacle raised by Leonardo’s design was the bridge’s proposed length: At 919 feet, it would have been around 10 times longer than most contemporary bridges. If workers tasked with bringing the artist’s vision to life used conventional building techniques, they would have needed at least ten piers to bolster the structure’s weight. These piers, in turn, would have prevented ships from passing underneath the bridge.

Read more:

Source Article from https://www.veteranstoday.com/2019/10/19/leonardo-da-vinci-architect-extraordinaire/

Related Posts
It was OK for Da Vinci to take money from the Borgias. Does this mean the arts should accept Shell & BP funding today?

Following pressure from campaigners, Shell has withdrawn funding for two leading British arts organisations, the Read more

Leonardo da Vinci & The New Biology

November 27th, 2018 By Sayer Ji Contributing writer for Wake Up World Biological Science has been under Read more

Incredible Art of Andrey Shishkin, the Russian Leonardo da Vinci of Our Time

From Faces of Ancient Europe His art is beyond beautiful and might just mesmerize you. Read more

Massive embezzlement scheme ensnares Leonardo DiCaprio and his non-profit foundation

(Natural News) A production company that reportedly funneled millions of dollars into the Leonardo DiCaprio Read more

Hits: 27

You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

Leave a Reply


The maximum upload file size: 100 MB.
You can upload: image, audio, video, document, spreadsheet, interactive, other.
Links to YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other services inserted in the comment text will be automatically embedded.

*

Powered by WordPress | Designed by: Premium WordPress Themes | Thanks to Themes Gallery, Bromoney and Wordpress Themes