Da Vinci's Wonderful Machines | Newberry

Da Vinci's Wonderful Machines

Led by Daniele Macuglia. Three sessions. 6 - 7:30 pm.
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Tuesdays, September 24 - October 8

6 - 7:30 pm

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (August 27 at 9 am** – September 13 at 4 pm): $130
Regular Registration Price (September 13 at 4 pm – first day of class): $143

** Registration opens online at 9 am. Phone registration will be accepted starting at 10 am.

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

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Seminar Description

2019 is a special year for admirers of Leonardo da Vinci, as we celebrate the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. This seminar will celebrate Leonardo by focusing on the wonderful machines documented in a selection of materials held at the Newberry. In particular, we will explore Leonardo’s flying machines, hydraulic machines, and war machines, as well as a few musical instruments and theatrical technologies. Join us for this unique opportunity to encounter and appreciate the power of Leonardo’s imagination.

Three sessions. E - $130, L - $143

Daniele Macuglia is a historian and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago. Trained as a physicist in Italy, he received the first prize at the Italian National Olympiads for Young Scientists. He earned his PhD in the history of science from the University of Chicago in 2017.

Materials List


  • Domenico Laurenza, Mario Taddei, Edoardo Zanon, Leonardo’s Machines: Da Vinci’s Inventions Revealed. David & Charles Books, 2006. ISBN: 978-0715324448

First Reading:

  • For the first class please read the Introduction and first chapter of Leonardo’s Machines: Da Vinci’s Inventions Revealed.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.