Saturday, September 26, 2020
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Da Vinci's scribbles reveal hidden knowledge

Posted on Saturday, 23 July, 2016 | Comment icon 5 comments

Da Vinci had a firm grasp of the laws of friction. Image Credit: Svenska Familj-Journalen
Sketches demonstrating the laws of friction have been identified within the margins of Da Vinci's notes.
Widely celebrated for his scientific and artistic achievements, Leonardo da Vinci's genius was so vast that even today we are still learning new things about his remarkable accomplishments.

The latest example of this comes in the form of a series of rough notes found in the margins of one of his notebooks - writings that had, until now, been dismissed as random scribblings.
Upon further analysis of these notes, Professor Ian Hutchings from the University of Cambridge realized that, far from being incoherent gibberish, these 'scribbles' were in fact something highly significant - the first known written demonstration of the laws of friction.

"The sketches and text show Leonardo understood the fundamentals of friction in 1493," said Hutchings. "He knew that the force of friction acting between two sliding surfaces is proportional to the load pressing the surfaces together and that friction is independent of the apparent area of contact between the two surfaces."

"These are the ‘laws of friction’ that we nowadays usually credit to a French scientist, Guillaume Amontons, working two hundred years later."

Source: Gizmodo | Comments (5)

Tags: Leonardo da Vinci

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Ozfactor on 24 July, 2016, 6:33
nice article and a good read . I wonder how this diagram of friction was missed for so long, if you don't know what to look for you will over look it ? 
Comment icon #2 Posted by South Alabam on 24 July, 2016, 13:43
A brilliant mind. Once a mind is opened up to understanding, there is no bounds to what it can learn.
Comment icon #3 Posted by F3SS on 24 July, 2016, 13:51
I've always been fascinated with DaVinci. In fact I'd say he is definitely in all of history the most interesting man in the world and maybe the smartest who ever lived and was also an unprecedented visionary and futurist. It seems there is nothing he did not have an understanding of or an interest in. 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Oniomancer on 24 July, 2016, 15:13
As if anything this man did was irrelevant. Who will even know the names of the ones who made this assessment in a hundred years?
Comment icon #5 Posted by BeastieRunner on 25 July, 2016, 19:30
This man is a genius!

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Kelly Cahill UFO case continues to intrigue
One of Australia's most perplexing alien abduction encounters continues to prove compelling 27 years on.
Time capsule found in walls of Jewish museum
The capsule, which dates back to 1873, was discovered by workers who had been carrying out renovation work.
Forrest Fenn treasure discoverer comes forward
An individual claiming to be the one who found Fenn's treasure has seemingly broken his silence in a blog post.
Skepticism surrounds 'life on Venus' claim
It may be a bit premature to conclude that the detection of phosphine on Venus is an indication of alien life.
Stories & Experiences
Ghost following me
9-18-2020 | Iowa
Mysterious glowing cube
8-23-2020 | Alabama
Black blob in my room/bed
7-23-2020 | Powell,TN U.S.
Transparent levitating ball
7-14-2020 | Santa Rosa, California
Grim reaper-like visitation
6-16-2020 | Canada
My monster catfish story
6-15-2020 | Dallas texas
Orb of light in room
5-9-2020 | USA/Texas/Waco
Not sleeping alone
5-9-2020 | Los Angeles

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
NASA studies underwater 'white smoker' vents
Posted 4-17-2020 | 3 comments
Hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor can teach us about possible habitats on other worlds.
10 strange things about our solar system
Posted 3-17-2020 | 0 comments
A look at some of the most mysterious things about our solar system.
Lizzie - Scotland's other loch monster
Posted 3-8-2020 | 0 comments
Amelia Dimoldenberg investigates the Loch Ness Monster's neighbor.
 View: More videos
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 (c) 2001-2020
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ