"Leonardo da Vinci inserted a series of deliberate flaws into his inventions, perhaps to prevent their being put to military use, according to researchers for a new television series.
Some of the Renaissance genius's most revolutionary designs, such as his military tank, glider and diving suit, included a simple but correctable fault that only became apparent when they were built, say the makers of a forthcoming BBC TV series, Leonardo.
Executive producer Michael Mosley said there could be two reasons for da Vinci's 'secretiveness'. First, there were no patent laws to protect him from having his designs copied. Second, and Mr Mosley believed more importantly, da Vinci was a pacifist who knew that his warlord masters might try to find military uses for his inventions."
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