31 Jul '13, 4pm

Who was the inventor?

Last night I was watching a program on the Smithsonian channel. It was about Leonardo Da Vinci and it basically set out to destroy the theory that he was a great Italian renaissance inventor who was way ahead of his time and had invented things that did not truly become reality for decades or centuries later. The program basically said that many of his ideas came from other people that he had contact with and that some of those inventions had been documented 50 years or so before the time of Da Vinci (the example they used was his siege engine, but I cannot remember the name of the guy who they said originally came up with the concept). They also said that many of his inventions were nothing more than enlargements of period toys in an attempt to make them more practical, but in many cases the enlargements were not valid or would not work. They called Da Vinci naive. An exa...

Full article: http://www.edn.com/electronics-blogs/practical-chip-desig...

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