History of Mechanism and Machine Science

The Machines of Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux

Kinematics of Machines from the Renaissance to the 20th Century

Authors: Moon, Francis C.

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  • Examines the evolution of machine design methodology from the Renaissance to the Age of Machines in the 19th century
  • Features the unique collection of 230 kinematic models of Reuleaux from Cornell University
  • Covers a topic of current interest from an angle that has not been dealt with for the last 30 years
  • Ideal as a textbook for relevant courses
  • Of interest to both academics and the general public in a variety of disciplines
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Ah the Machine; both coveted and criticized, life sustaining and life destr- ing yet always a symbol of human creativity and invention from the Rena- sance to robotics from the Wright brothers to the Wankel engine. There are more than a billion mechanical machines in our world of six billion humans. These machines are the source of both marvel and mayhem in the life of our planet. This book is about the evolution of these machines and the inv- tors and engineers who created them from the early Renaissance to the early 20th century. I have chosen two personalities who are icons of these two machine ages, Leonardo da Vinci [1452–1519] and Franz Reuleaux [1829– 1905], recognizing both the cadre of machine designers who in?uenced them as well as those who were in?uenced by the accomplishments of these two engineers. A major thesis of this book is that the evolution of machine design methodology, from the intuitive methods of the workshop to the math-based, engineering science analysis and synthesis of modern industrial design, was of equal achievement as the creation of the marvelous machines themselves. In the past two decades there has been increasing interest in rational me- ods of design from topology and optimization theories to genetic algorithms. In the teaching of design at the novitiate level, the importance of design - cles and iteration is emphasized. Yet often the historical background for e- lution of machine design is minimal or missing.

About the authors

Francis C. Moon is a Chaired Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He is an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineers. He is also a Fellow of ASME. Moon is Curator of the Reuleaux Collection of Kinematic Models at Cornell University. He has authored five published books with John Wiley including two popular books on chaotic dynamics; Chaotic Vibrations (1987, 2004), Chaotic and Fractal Dynamics and a textbook Applied Dynamics (1998) His research specialty includes dynamics of machines and structures as well as magneto-mechanical devices. He has lectured recently in ‘Introduction to Robotics’ for seniors and ‘Applied Dynamics’ for graduate students. He was the recipient of a Humboldt Prize award in 1988 and 2001. In 2001 he was a visiting scholar at the Archiv of the Deutsches Museum where he studied the papers of Franz Reuleaux. Moon is a member of the commission on the History of Machines and Mechanisms (HMM) of the International Federation for the Theory af Machines and Mechanisms. (IFToMM) He has published over 140 research papers and holds five patents. He was the Director of the School of Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at Cornell University from 1987-1992.
Moon is one of the creators of the history of mechanisms website; KMODDL: Kinematic Modelsfor Design, Digital Library [http://kmoddl.library.cornell.edu]

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From the reviews:

"The book has … a brief introduction to Da Vinci and Reuleaux and their respective codification approaches, an extensive and accessible evaluation of machine designs and design methods as represented in 20 centuries of design manuals and ‘theater of machines’ books, a brief illustrated reference section on kinematic mechanism components, and an annotated bibliography of historic sources. The book can be used as either a reference or a course resource … . Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." (G. E. Herrick, CHOICE, Vol. 45 (5), January, 2008)

"This book … focuses on two towering figures in the design of kinematic machines which are separated by some 300 years in history, Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux. … The compilation of the material is of course coloured by personal preferences but it is these preferences but it is these preferences which renders the book a highly interesting one. Many figures from the sources as well as photos of model mechanisms make the book a truly unique one." (Thomas Sonar, Zentralblatt MATH, Vol. 1139 (17), 2008)

"This is an interesting book, rich in information. … At the end, just after Moon’s detailed comparison of mechanisms as portrayed and described by Leonardo and Reuleaux, the book includes a dozen plates of Cornell’s Reuleaux models. The main bibliography is very impressive … . Moon hopes that engineering students … will find stimulation in this book and gain a renewed respect for simple mechanisms and their role in design, and to help them he has included student exercises … ." (Alexander G. Keller, Technology and Culture, Vol. 50, April, 2009)


Table of contents (3 chapters)

  • Leonardo da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux: Machine Engineers

    Moon, Francis C.

    Pages 3-96

  • Evolution of Design of Machines

    Moon, Francis C.

    Pages 99-292

  • Comparison of the Kinematic Mechanisms of Leonardo and Reuleaux

    Moon, Francis C.

    Pages 303-347

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Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-7669-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Machines of Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux
Book Subtitle
Kinematics of Machines from the Renaissance to the 20th Century
Authors
Series Title
History of Mechanism and Machine Science
Series Volume
2
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5599-7
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4020-5599-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5598-0
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-7669-1
Series ISSN
1875-3442
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 419
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