Learn about Leonardo da Vinci's inventions and find out which of them are still in use today.
Leonardo da Vinci was a true renaissance man, skilled at many different disciplines and avenues of scientific inquiry. His Mona Lisa may be the most enduring symbol of the great Italian genius, but much of his other work has inspired influences far beyond the art world. Among his many contributions are numerous inventions, some of which are still in use today, albeit sometimes in a drastically revised form.
Leonardo da Vinci’s long list of inventions (some of which were never actually built) include portable bridges for warfare, artillery, the first known example of a parachute, primitive flying machines, a diving suit, scissors and other fantastic contraptions often far ahead of their time.
One of his most outlandish ideas, however, was for a rudimentary sort of helicopter. Though it would have been inoperable if it were built, and its corkscrew-style blade bears little resemblance to modern helicopters, da Vinci is generally credited as being the first to design a machine intended for vertical flight.