Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings of machines are uncannily similar to Chinese originals and were undoubtedly derived from them, says a British amateur historian in his new book.
„Everything known to the Chinese by the year 1430 was brought to Venice,“ says Menzies, a retired Royal Navy submarine commander.
From Venice, a Chinese ambassador went to Florence and presented the material to Pope Eugenius IV, Menzies says.
„I argue in the book that this was the spark that really ignited the Renaissance and that Da Vinci and (Italian astronomer) Galileo built on what was brought to them by the Chinese. Da Vinci basically redrew everything in three dimensions, which made a vast improvement.“
His theories are dismissed as nonsense by many academics, but have gained a global following among readers.
Trotzdem wird es also genügend Trottel geben, die ihm den Mist glauben werden. Und nicht nur chinesische Online-Nationalisten. Sicher auch, hm, sagen wir mal Gerhard Schröder.