Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition October 2017.
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"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"--
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition October 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781501139154
1501139150
Branch Call Number: 709.2 LEONA-I
Characteristics: xii, 599 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm

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A celebrity memoir. (Bit of a stretch, I know)


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ChrisMcMil
Mar 30, 2018

In vividly describing the life and times of Leonardo Da Vinci, Isaacson was incredibly thorough in his research and insightful in his analysis, providing copious references for the serious student but keeping the text accessible and enjoyable to the casual reader. In dealing with Leonardo's amazing works of art, science and engineering, and the fascinating context of the Italian Renaissance, Isaacson has written a truly enjoyable story that both educates and inspires. (For example: most of those amazing engineering plans for flying machines etc. were actually just designs for props for theatrical amusements.) I highly recommend this richly illustrated and masterfully written book.

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

Famous biographer Walter Isaacson offers his candid opinions on the life and legacy of famous artist/inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Although much of Leonardo's life has been covered before, Isaacson offers some insightful gems, especially in the final summary chapter.

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NealWSyrette
Jan 18, 2018

"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?"

I'll show you (and you won't even need to read this book; I didn't)

"Leonardo's fascination with anatomical structure informed his paintings; his profound interest in math and the transformation of shapes influenced his inventions."

Most of his work was unfinished because he couldn't reconcile the math with the art; he understood that math as we know it, is only actually representative of two dimensions (Mona Lisa's smile). He was compulsive.

The key/pattern that he couldn't find, was some where in God's creation (he just didn't have the means to see it; they didn't even begin to really understand gravity then, let alone the incorporation of it into mathematics.)...

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