Inventors Week - Leonardo da Vinci

Inventors Week - Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was a true polymath, despite lacking a formal education. He was a genius inventor, scientist, mathematician, artist, botanist, engineer, architect and more. Although most of his scientific work on more than 7,000 pages of his notes were lost after his death, we're still learning from da Vinci today.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Categorically, zero is an even number. (1:19)

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    In Florence during the Crusades, the use of the number zero was banned because it was thought to be connected to the devil. (2:28)

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    Instead of using a symbol for zero, Babylonians would insert a space. (5:01)

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Leonardo da Vinci was born out of wedlock to a notary and a peasant woman, and didn't receive much of a formal education as a child. (1:27)

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    Da Vinci's "Codex on the Flight of Birds" contains more than 35,000 words and 500 sketches, including those of his famous flying machine designs. (3:40)

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    Leonardo da Vinci dissected more than 30 human corpses to make his drawings and observations on anatomy. (6:19)

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Marie Curie coined the term radioactivity, and was the first person to win two Nobel Prizes in different disciplines. (0:40)

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    Marie Curie made the groundbreaking observation that radioactivity came from atoms themselves, and not from molecular interaction. (4:31)

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    During World War I, Marie Curie drove a portable x-ray machine to assist wounded soldiers. (7:55)

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