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Leonardo Da Vinci's Water Theory: On the origin and fate of water

Author / Editor: Laurent. Pfister, Hubert H. G. Savenije & Fabrizio Fenicia
Publication Number: SP9
ISBN Number: 978-1-901502-34-3
Year: 2009
Pages: 92

Price: £25.00

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) was not only one of the greatest artists of his time, he was also a great engineer and scientist. A large part of his scientific work was dedicated to understanding the movement, circulation and physical characteristics of water in its different forms. This book aims to make Leonardo Da Vinci's contributions to the science of water accessible to a wider public and to compare his ideas with our present knowledge. Fascinating, revealing and inspiring, Leonardo Da Vinci's Water Theory opens up a new history to the study of water. Two hundred years before Newton, Perrault and Halley, Leonardo Da Vinci was doing hypothesis-driven science and describing and classifying hydrological processes. For example, he came close to the modern definition of the hydrological cycle, recognising that water passes through the major river systems countless times, summing up to volumes much greater than those contained in the world's oceans.

Contents for Leonardo Da Vinci's Water Theory: On the origin and fate of water

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Contents for SP9
Laurent Pfister & Hubert H. G. Savenije
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Foreword-Preface for SP9
Laurent Pfister & Hubert H. G. Savenije
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