A Bird Works According to Mathematical Law

A bird is an instrument working according to mathematical law, which instrument it is within the capacity of man to reproduce with all its movements, but not with a corresponding degree of strength, though it is deficient only in the power of maintaining equilibrium. We may therefore say that such an instrument constructed by man is lacking in nothing except the life of the bird, and this life must needs be supplied from that of man.


Leonardo da Vinci equates a bird with a machine, needing an inventor to give it life.

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 The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Books, Brochures, and Chapters>Book:  Vinci) , Leonardo (da (1938), The notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, Retrieved on 2012-04-23
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