The Science of Leonardo

The Science of Leonardo

Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

Book - 2008
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Leonardo da Vinci's scientific explorations were virtually unknown during his lifetime, despite their extraordinarily wide range. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines; designed military weapons and defenses; studied optics, hydraulics, and the workings of the human circulatory system; and created designs for rebuilding Milan, employing principles still used by city planners today. Perhaps most importantly, Leonardo pioneered an empirical, systematic approach to the observation of nature-what is known today as the scientific method.Drawing on over 6,000 pages of Leonardo's surviving notebooks, acclaimed scientist and bestselling author Fritjof Capra reveals Leonardo's artistic approach to scientific knowledge and his organic and ecological worldview. In this fascinating portrait of a thinker centuries ahead of his time, Leonardo singularly emerges as the unacknowledged "father of modern science."
Publisher: Toronto : Random House of Canada, 2008, c2007
ISBN: 9781400078837
Characteristics: xx, 329 p. : ill


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Sep 16, 2019

The writing is a little stiff, especially in the last third of the book. The major point of the work is to understand the intellectual life of Leonardo as a precedent for ecological thinking, complexity theory thinking, and cognitive science, before any of these were developed in the 20th century (and taking into account the limitations of his era). His notebooks and biography are the major sources that are drawn upon to make the case. What I liked most was the colour of the book: the pages are not pure white and the printing is done in brown. So much easier to read! So easy on the eyes! More books should use ink like that.

Oct 31, 2012

The penultimate book on the genius of Leonardo da Vinci, a true Renaissance thinker. Dr./Prof. Capra performs a masterful synthesis of the finest writings on Leonardo, and as only a great physicist can, Prof. Capra portrays his true scientific genius, and incredible, really incredible, farsightedness in all things science!

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