The crossbow is also referred to as his Ballista. The machine was coiled or cocked by means of a worm gear (which he also designed), this enabled a huge mechanical advantage and allowed two men to fully draw back the huge bows of the crossbow.
Of Leonardo da Vinci’s many areas of study, perhaps this Renaissance man’s favorite was the area of aviation. It was this interest that inspired his most famous invention – the flying machine.
Leonardo da Vinci: an Inventor Ahead of His Time. The term "Renaissance man" comes from fifteenth-century Italy and refers to the idea of a person with knowledge and skills in a number of different areas.
Leonardo da Vinci’s War Machines and Inventions for War. Looking at Leonardo’s War Machines and inventions you would be forgiven for thinking that he was a blood thirsty maniac and possibly
Leonardo da Vinci Portrait by Francesco Melzi Born Lionardo di ser Piero da Vinci 15 April 1452 Vinci, Republic of Florence Died 2 May 1519 (aged 67) Amboise, Kingdom of France Known for Art (painting, drawing, sculpting), science, engineering, architecture, anatomy Works Annunciation Baptism of Christ Mona Lisa The Last Supper Salvator Mundi Lady with an Ermine Ginevra de' Benci Virgin of the ...