European Technology

  • Period: Apr 15, 1452 to May 2, 1519

    Life of Leonardo Da Vinci

    During the life of Leonardo Da Vinci, he came up with the first ideas of airplanes, helicopters, parachutes, submarines, and the first concepts of armored vehicles. He was an Italian Renaissance artist, architect, engineer, mathematician, and inventor. When he was 14 years old, he apprenticed with the artist Verrocchio. With him, he learned many technical skills like metalworking, carpentry, drawing, and sculpting. When he was 20, he was recognized as a master artist by the Guild of St. Luke.
  • Jan 1, 1455

    Printing Press Invention

    Printing Press Invention
    Johannes Gutenberg invented the first printing press with movable metal type. He wanted to create an easier, faster way of printing books. It was the first example of mass book production, when previously scribes had to handwrite individual copies. Gutenberg began working with the printing press in the 1430's. This is an example of European Technology, since it was invented in Germany. This has allowed mass production of books and other texts for years to come.
  • Period: Feb 15, 1564 to

    Life of Galileo Galilei

    Galileo was an Italian mathematician, philosopher and physicist. He was the first to observe the sky using a telescope, in which he discovered the rings of Saturn. He also invented the first thermometer. He began to study as a priest, but gave up the studies and decided to go into math and science. Without his studies, today's science would never be as advanced as it is.
  • Jan 1, 1569

    Mercator Map Projection

    Gerard Mercator created the Mercator map projection. It has become a very popular map, since it scales lines of constant course. Mercator lived in the Holy Roman Empire at the time of his map creation. He made his projection because he was following in his father's footsteps as a cartographer, and knew how to accurately map out the entire globe based on sailing paths.
  • Microscope Invention

    The first microscope was invented in the Netherlands between 1590-1610. It is believed that glassmakers were the first to make it. The first invention led to more powerful versions through the years. The first was about 20X times. Robert Hooke was one of the first people to observe object and publish his findings. Without the microscope, science would be no where near as advanced as it has gotten. Today, there are microscopes that can magnify 1000X times or more, opening a new field of science.
  • Kepler Publishes his Third Law of Planetary Motion

    Kepler Publishes his Third Law of Planetary Motion
    Kepler was an astonomer during the geocentric times of astronomy. His laws most likely lead Newton to his law of gravity, rather than an apple falling from a tree. This event relates to European Technology because without this law, and the law of gravity, science would never had been so elaborate as it is now. Using this law, scientists today can learn more about physics and astronomy, and understand more about the universe.