A History of Mechanics
Courier Corporation, 7 лист. 2012 р. - 688 стор.
"A remarkable work which will remain a document of the first rank for the historian of mechanics." — Louis de Broglie
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Nicholas of Cues became one of the inspirations of Copernicus and of Kepler, as
well as of Leonardo da Vinci. 4. LEONARDO DA VINCHS CONTRIBUTION TO
MECHANICS. In mechanics, Leonardo da Vinci cuts the figure of a gifted amateur
I believe that it is more accurate to take a view of this kind--that Leonardo only
sketched the solution of a problem which his rich imagination had formulated, but
that he never gave it a final form. It certainly seems that Leonardo was unaware
1 We shall attempt, without too much quotation, to indicate Leonardo's ideas on
forza, ideas which were inspired by the metaphysics of Nicholas of Cues. F orza
can be born of .the “ expansion undergone by a tenuous body in one that is
Going over from statics to dynamics, Leonardo, guided by his bold and
ubiquitous imagination, aflirmed that “ any heavy body moves towards the side
on which it weighs more. . . . The heaviest parts of bodies which move in air
become guides ...
i) Leonardo's hydrostatics. — Like the ancients, Leonardo set out to explain how
water could appear in springs at the tops of mountains. He wrote, “ It must be that
the cause which keeps blood at the top of a man's head is the same as that ...