Leonardo's Legacy by Stefan Klein
How Da Vinci Reimagined the World

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Revered today as, perhaps, the greatest of Renaissance painters, Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist at heart. The artist who created the Mona Lisa also designed functioning robots and digital computers, constructed flying machines and built the first heart valve. His intuitive and ingenious approach—a new mode of thinking—linked highly diverse areas of inquiry in startling new ways and ushered in a new era.

In Leonardo’s Legacy, award-winning science journalist Stefan Klein deciphers the forgotten legacy of this universal genius and persuasively demonstrates that today we have much to learn from Leonardo’s way of thinking. Klein sheds light on the mystery behind Leonardo’s paintings, takes us through the many facets of his fascination with water, and explains the true significance of his dream of flying. It is a unique glimpse into the complex and brilliant mind of this inventor, scientist, and pioneer of a new world view, with profound consequences for our times.

 

About Stefan Klein

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Stefan Klein is an award-winning European science writer and author of the international bestsellers The Science of Happiness and The Secret Pulse of Time. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
 
Published April 27, 2010 by Da Capo Press. 306 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Travel, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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A lucid examination of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519), emphasizing his immense secret journal.

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Klein tells us that Leonardo’s “limited education had never allowed him to master even the basics of arithmetic.” To put things in perspective, Leonardo Fibonacci predated Leonardo da Vinci by about two hundred and fifty years while contemporaneous mathematicians were busy finding solutions to cu...

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Klein tells us that Leonardo’s “limited education had never allowed him to master even the basics of arithmetic.” To put things in perspective, Leonardo Fibonacci predated Leonardo da Vinci by about two hundred and fifty years while contemporaneous mathematicians were busy finding solutions to cu...

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Although a large portion of his work has been dispersed around the world, and a good part has been lost, what remains shows the functioning of a phenomenal mind, and Leonardo continues to fascinate, half a millennium after his death.

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