Chapter 4 Giovanni Venturi and the Venturi Effect


Giovanni Battista Venturi was an 18th century Italian polymath who did a remarkable number of things extraordinarily well. He was an ordained Catholic priest, a university-level mathematics instructor, one of the leading civil engineers of his day, a politician and statesman (and a favorite of Napoleon Bonaparte), and a world-class historian. In fact, it was Venturi who first called attention to Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific contributions. Although we honor da Vinci today for being both a brilliant inventor and artist, prior to Venturi’s scholarship, da Vinci’s contributions to science were ...

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