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The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz ReuleauxEvolution of Design of Machines

The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux: Evolution of Design of Machines [What is necessary for a culture to produce new machines and technology? A recent book claimed one should study the thinking of Leonardo da Vinci to find the seven principles of genius and creativity. The premise of this and similar self-help books is that the secret of creativity is in the individual. Yet historical evidence convincingly shows that a set of societal conditions must be met to create and produce a new technology and that such conditions existed in Leonardo’s time. Some of these conditions include the following:The society must have a tradition of building machines;there must exist a cadre of artisans and craftspeople with technical skills;there must exist a supply of capital to invest in new technology;there must exist in the society a spirit of progress, that humankind is meant to improve and change its environment;finally there must exist individuals with a vision and motivation to change the status quo.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci and Franz ReuleauxEvolution of Design of Machines

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2007
ISBN
978-1-4020-5598-0
Pages
99 –292
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5599-7_2
Publisher site
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Abstract

[What is necessary for a culture to produce new machines and technology? A recent book claimed one should study the thinking of Leonardo da Vinci to find the seven principles of genius and creativity. The premise of this and similar self-help books is that the secret of creativity is in the individual. Yet historical evidence convincingly shows that a set of societal conditions must be met to create and produce a new technology and that such conditions existed in Leonardo’s time. Some of these conditions include the following:The society must have a tradition of building machines;there must exist a cadre of artisans and craftspeople with technical skills;there must exist a supply of capital to invest in new technology;there must exist in the society a spirit of progress, that humankind is meant to improve and change its environment;finally there must exist individuals with a vision and motivation to change the status quo.]

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: Kinematic Chain; Gear Tooth; Prime Mover; Gear Pair; Machine Design

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