In this room, visitors interacted with working models of Leonardo's inventions, and inspected sketches from his Codex.

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  After Milan fell to the French in 1499, Leonardo returned to Florence, where he was honored as a native son. But soon, he was invited back to Milan by the city's new French rulers. He was highly esteemed by his French hosts. As before under the Sforzas, he was left alone to pursue his own interests.

Leonardo's investigations into the nature of phenomena were by now central to his life. He became more and more interested in the notion that force and motion govern the shape and function of things. Furthermore, he discovered, these forces obeyed orderly natural laws.

Leonardo applied his knowledge in a practical way to the creation of mechanical devices. In this room are many schematics and models for the kinds of devices he designed. They include ball bearings, gears, a wind meter, a spinner machine, a printing press, a block and tackle, clocks, a coin stamping machine, and other. It is interesting to note that many of the things he imagined in the early sixteenth century only became practicable in the twentieth.


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