Leonardo ́s Lost Robots

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Springer Science & Business Media, Jun 14, 2006 - Technology & Engineering - 188 pages

Leonardo ́s Lost Robots reinterprets Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical design work, revealing a new level of sophistication not recognized by art historians or engineers. By identifying his major technological projects, the book revisits Leonardo’s legacy of notebooks, showing that apparently unconnected fragments from dispersed manuscripts actually comprise cohesive designs for functioning automata. Using the rough sketches scattered throughout almost all of Leonardo’s papers, Rosheim has reconstructed Leonardo’s programmable cart, which was the platform for other automata: a Robot Lion, a Robot Knight, and a hydraulically powered automaton for striking a bell. Through a readable, lively narrative, Mark Rosheim recounts his adventures rediscovering and reconstructing da Vinci’s designs. In a foreword, the world-renowned Leonardo scholar Carlo Pedretti details the significance of these reconstructions for our understanding of Leonardo’s oeuvre.

Mark Rosheim attended the University of Minnesota, studying mechanical engineering. He has developed robotic technologies for NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy, and is the founder and president of Ross-Hime Designs, Inc., a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based mechanical design company. He holds over 20 patents in robot technology, and has published and lectured extensively around the world on the topic of robot technology and history.

His quest to understand the mechanical principles of human motion and dexterity led him to investigate the anatomical and mechanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci. Utilizing a new approach, he began to reconnect the tell-tale fragments into a cohesive whole. His resulting work has attracted attention worldwide, including articles in the New York Times, U.S. News and World Report, and Wired, and has been the subject of news features and films on several Italian television stations, the BBC, PBS and the History Channel.

 

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Contents

Beginnings
1
Leonardos Programmable Automata and Lion
21
Pieces of the Puzzle
22
Reconstruction
39
Operation
52
Building Leonardos Programmable Automata
60
Leonardos Knight
67
Pieces of the Puzzle
71
Leonardos Bell Ringer
111
Pieces of the Puzzle
119
Reconstruction
140
Operation
148
Building Leonardos Bottino
151
Leonardos Legacy and Impact on Modern Technology
155
Leonardo on the Bell Ringer Water Clock
161
Electronic Representation of the Clock Operation
171

Reconstructions
91
Building Leonardos Knight
97
Operation
104
Operation
173
Index
175
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About the author (2006)

Mark Rosheim attended the University of Minnesota, studying mechanical engineering. He has developed robotic technologies for NASA, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Energy, and is the founder and president of Ross-Hime Designs, Inc., a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based mechanical design company. He holds over 20 patents in robot technology, and has published and lectured extensively around the world on the topic of robot technology and history.