The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Author: Leonardo da Vinci

790.

The heaviest part of the foundations of buildings settles most, and leaves the lighter part above it separated from it.

And the soil which is most pressed, if it be porous yields most.

You should always make the foundations project equally beyond the weight of the walls and piers, as shown at m a b. If you do as many do, that is to say if you make a foundation of equal width from the bottom up to the surface of the ground, and charge it above with unequal weights, as shown at b e and at e o, at the part of the foundation at b e, the pier of the angle will weigh most and thrust its foundation downwards, which the wall at e o will not do; since it does not cover the whole of its foundation, and therefore thrusts less heavily and settles less. Hence, the pier b e in settling cracks and parts from the wall e o. This may be seen in most buildings which are cracked round the piers.

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Chicago: Leonardo da Vinci, "790.," The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, trans. Richter, Jean Paul, 1847-1937 in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci (New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1970), Original Sources, accessed February 25, 2024, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TB1CTX4DMDHK5X.

MLA: Vinci, Leonardo da. "790." The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, translted by Richter, Jean Paul, 1847-1937, in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, New York, Dover Publications, Inc., 1970, Original Sources. 25 Feb. 2024. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TB1CTX4DMDHK5X.

Harvard: Vinci, LD, '790.' in The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, trans. . cited in 1970, The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci, Dover Publications, Inc., New York. Original Sources, retrieved 25 February 2024, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=8TB1CTX4DMDHK5X.