Giovanni Fontana

Giovanni Fontana

Postby Galloglaich » Thu Dec 01, 2016 6:20 pm

This is a guy I'd like to get to know better... anybody know anything about him?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giovanni_ ... _(engineer)

Giovanni Fontana (ca. 1395 – ca. 1455) was a fifteenth-century Venetian physician and engineer who portrayed himself as a magus. He was born in Venice in the 1390s and attended the University of Padua, where he received his degree in arts in 1418 and his degree in medicine in 1421.[1] University records list him as "Master John, son of Michael de la Fontana".[2] His most famous promoter at the University was the scholastic Paul of Venice. He tells us that the Doge of Venice sent him to Brescia to deliver a message to the condottiere Francesco Carmagnola. He was also employed as the municipal physician by the city of Udine.

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Fontana composed treatises on a diverse array of topics. We have early works of his on water-clocks, sand-clocks and measurement. Fontana composed one of the earliest Renaissance technological treatises, Bellicorum instrumentorum liber. His machine book contains siege engines and fantastic inventions such as a magic lantern and a rocket-propelled bird, fish, and rabbit.[3] Fontana also built a 4-wheeled "bike" with rope connected by gears. It is not technically a bike, but 400 years after 1418, Baron Von Drais built a two wheeled bike that has a cord connected to the back wheel, so when you pull it you come to a halt.




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