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Slavoljub Penkala Faust Vrančić (b. Šibenik 1551-d. Venice 1617), was a typical Renaissance "homo universalis". A notable scholar whose interest comprised mathematics, physics, phylosophy and technology, he spent some time on the court of the German emperor Rudolf II who was also the sovereign to the Croats, Hungarians, and Czechs. His major work was "Machine Novae" (New Machines), printed in Venice at the beginning of the 18 cent., with the pictorial (49 etchings) and textual descriptions of 56 different technical constructions. He had anticipated the numerous technical inventions which were to be applied later to water or wind powered machines, to mills, ships, boats and excavators. His most interesting invention was, certainly, a parachute or "Homo volans" (The Flying Man) as called by Vrančić himself.