Leonardo Da Vinci’s Genius To Visit The Smithsonian

Page from the "Codex on the Flight of Birds" by Leonardo Da Vinci

Page from the “Codex on the Flight of Birds” by Leonardo Da Vinci

No one can deny that Leonardo Da Vinci was a man ahead of his time, we have notebooks to verify such a claim. One of these notebooks, the “Codex on the Flight of Birds”, will be coming to the United States in September. The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington announced on Thursday that they will feature the codex from September 13 through October 22.
The codex, which dates from around 1505, is a testament to Da Vinci’s innovation. He was in fact studying flight four hundred years before the Wright brother pioneered human aviation. Da Vinci started by studying flight patterns in birds, drawing his observations in a notebook, and then theorizing how humans could learn to fly.
Peter Jakab, chief curator of the Air and Space Museum, said that in the codex Leonardo Da Vinci “explores aerodynamics, recognized the need for control, stated the importance of lightweight structures and even hinted at the force Newton would later define as gravity.”
“Centuries before any real progress toward a practical flying machine was achieved, Leonardo expressed the seeds of the ideas that would lead to humans spreading their wings,” he said.
The codex is on loan from the Royal Library of Turin and is part of the Smithsonian’s Year of Italian Culture in the United States. It has been shown in the United States once before, at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2008. This time around, it will be displayed near the Wright brothers’ flyer and feature digital interactive stations which will allow visitors to browse the pages.

 

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