Power is wealth - and gunpowder is power indeed. Explore how Leonardo's...
Power is wealth - and gunpowder is power indeed. Explore how Leonardo's groundbreaking designs for a gunpowder powered piston ultimately led to the invention of steam engines.
150 years after Leonardo's manuscript depicting a gunpowder powered piston, French physicist Denis Papin made a working model, but there were insurmountable problems with using gunpowder to power an engine, so Papin turned his attention to steam, with, ultimately, world changing results.You need the Flash Player (version 7 or higher) to view this clip - download Flash. http://podcast.open.ac.uk/open2media/bang/explosions/leonardo.flv Copyright BBC
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Originally published: Tuesday, 12th October 2010
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