Leonardo's Great Machines

40 ingenious inventions: How they were and how they are today

The young engineer Leo, said to be a great-great-great grandson of the brilliant Leonardo da Vinci, finds himself involved in a heated discussion: someone claims that his illustrious ancestor is an overrated genius and he promises to make him change his mind. Thus begins a challenge to the sound of inventions: submarines, aeroplanes, cars, tanks, but also fans, screws, guitars, cranes and calculators ... 40 machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci more than 500 years ago, which are still current and very useful today!

  • A book to understand how Leonardo's machines work and discover not only the great inventor's projects, but also their applications today.

  • The book contains many experiments that highlight the scientific principles underlying Leonardo's inventions and invites the reader to try their hand at building some projects.


GENRE Non-fiction
FIRST PUBLISHER Ed. Scienza (Italy), 2019


Davide is not only a sci-fi and children’s author, but also a journalist and videogame translator. In 2018, Red Stars, one of his internationally successful books, won In Other Words – BookTrust’s Book in Translation Award in London. In 2017, he won the Italian Andersen Award with The Pocket Watch Gang, the adventure he dreams of having lived as a child. Then, in 2018, he was a finalist at Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in Germany. In 2019, he won the Prix des Bouquineurs en Seine in France and the Vlag and Wimpel in the Netherlands.



Christian was born in Milan to an Italian mother and German father. He studied aeronautical engineering and has worked in role-playing games, journalism, IT and photography. He lives in Milan with his wife, two daughters and dog. Parachute jumping is not something he’s ever contemplated as he’s afraid of heights.