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Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds: Air & Space Museum Exhibit

Due to the shutdown and a revised schedule for the Codex exhibit, this event has moved to Saturday Oct 19.  There is a docent tour at 1PM which lasts for 90 min.

"Hundreds of years before any real progress toward a practical flying machine was achieved, Leonardo expressed the seeds of the ideas that would lead to humans spreading their wings...." 

Leonardo da Vinci's aggregate achievements in engineering, mathematics, anatomy, geology, physics, music, military technology, aeronautics, and a wide range of other fields, not only stood without peer in his own time, but were strikingly prescient for the distant future. He recorded his forward-looking ideas in thousands of notebook pages, known as codices. Da Vinci produced one codex entirely on flight in[masked], the Codex on the Flight of Birds. He produced more than 35,000 words and 500 sketches dealing with flying machines, the nature of air, and bird flight. In the Codex on the Flight of Birds,  da Vinci outlined a number of observations and beginning concepts that would find a place in the development of a successful airplane in the early twentieth century. 

More Info:  http://airandspace.si.edu/exhibitions/codex/


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  • Colleen

    It was fun to see the doodles and philosophical ramblings in the codex - and I'm still wondering who the "woman" on his list could have been. :-)

    Thanks for hosting, David.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • David

    Enjoyed meeting you all, great group of people. The exhibit itself was a bit dinky; one plastic box with the book, an electronic kiosk with the book translated, and that's it. But it was still interesting reading (including one page where Leonardo wrote his grocery list in the margins) and we had a good time eating together afterwards at Elephant and Castle.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • David

    We're over at Elephant and Castle,1201 Pennsylvania Ave. Come on over and join us.

    October 19, 2013

  • Trevor

    Are we still in the bldg? Are there plans to eat? [masked]

    October 19, 2013

  • Trevor

    We are inside the mall entrance by the collection box.

    October 19, 2013

  • Trevor

    I'm inside

    October 19, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I'm in line to get in now

    October 19, 2013

  • Rebecca

    I'm in line to get in now

    October 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    4 of us are now inside the entrance in the middle by the middle donation box

    October 19, 2013

  • David

    Hi everyone! Just a quick heads up that Saturday's event at the Air & Space Museum is a go, and that I will be standing in for Kimbers as the event host. We'll meet at the National Mall entrance as we planned. I'll be wearing a white and green Snap Magazine shirt (it's hard to miss). Looking forward to meeting you all and seeing the exhibit!

    October 18, 2013

  • sarah

    Hi all - LOVE this group idea, and I'm hoping to be able to join you for this event - but I am not sure exactly what time I'll get back from an obligation earlier that same day. So if I don't make it it's because I didn't get back in time, but I will be looking forward to the next event! Otherwise see you then/there!

    October 9, 2013

  • Kimbers

    Latest Development: The last day for viewing the Codex at Air & Space is Tuesday Oct 22. After that date the Codex will leave. I suspect that the revised dates are due to the shutdown. As result of this development, I will move the date for this event to Saturday Oct 19. Hopefully the shutdown will be over by then, but with the state of negotiations, one cannot be sure. I will continue to post updates as information becomes available. The change in date will be re-announced through email. My apologies on the date changes.

    October 7, 2013

  • Wallace B.

    I am still interested in a get-together of some sort. Keep me posted. Thx, -W

    October 4, 2013

    • Kimbers

      Thks Wallace. I'm looking through my draft events to see if any could fit for Sat 10/5 or Sun 10/4.

      October 4, 2013

    • Wallace B.

      This Georgetown walk sounds fun...

      October 4, 2013

  • Colleen

    If we are still having a meetup on the 5th, I'm interested. Otherwise I'll find something else to do - no worries.

    The weather is supposed to be nice, so we could do a walking tour or maybe go to the waterfront at Georgetown. The Newseum and the Spy museum also sound good, although I suppose they will be more crowded than usual. I don't have any specific recommendations for restaurants. I'm OK with any place I can get a plain sandwich or burger.

    Track work on the Red Line would make it time-consuming to get out to VA this weekend (buses replace trains between Dupont and NoMa), so I'd prefer to keep the meetup in DC if we're having it.

    October 3, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm there

      October 4, 2013

    • Kimbers

      Colleen, thks for the heads up on Metro and the preference for DC. I would like to do something outside since the weather is soooo nice.

      October 4, 2013

  • Peter

    Sounds interesting...hopefully the govmt will reopen soon.

    October 4, 2013

  • Kimbers

    I'm open to recommendations for a restaurant. I do not plan to reschedule or cancel the current event until Thursday, in case there is a slim chance that the shutdown will end and the museums are open this weekend. There is the option of going to a private museum, such as the Spy museum or the Newseum, or doing a walking tour -- if there is interest. Keep in mind that private museum have entry fees $. I look forward to reading your input and recommendations.

    October 2, 2013

  • David

    Good catch, Yuna. Kimbers, how about we set up a plan B to just meet at the after-exhibit restaurant in case our museum tour is scuttled? Are we still looking for suggestions for a place?

    October 2, 2013

  • Yuna

    Will be closed if the government shutdown is still in effect on Saturday.

    October 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I stumbled on this update by accident, and would have gone to the museum expecting the group to be there otherwise. It would have been a good idea (and still is) to send out a notice so others won't have that experience.

    September 22, 2013

    • Kimbers

      Hi Ronni - Thanks for your comment. Comments from a meetup are usually sent out by email to those who have RSVPed. Please check your settings to see if you are receiving emails from this meetup group. Per your suggestion, I will send out a specific update.

      September 22, 2013

  • Kimbers

    Due to a possible conflict, I will not be able to host this event. It will be rescheduled for Sat Oct 5 at 1PM. Expect the addition of a restaurant location for a "nosh" and discussion after the event for those who want to get to know their fellow introverts better. If you have any recommendations for a place to talk and eat, please use the comments to do so. Please accept my sincere apologies for this late notice, but I have been trying to nail things down for over a week without a clear resolution.

    September 20, 2013

  • David

    Has this event been confirmed, now that we have 24 people registered?

    September 16, 2013

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