The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance

Fritjof Capra


Leonardo da Vinci’s pioneering medical paintings was once almost unknown in the course of his lifetime. Now acclaimed scientist and bestselling writer Fritjof Capra finds that Leonardo was once in lots of methods the unacknowledged “father of contemporary science.” Drawing on an exam of over 6,000 pages of Leonardo’s surviving notebooks, Capra explains that Leonardo approached clinical wisdom with the eyes of an artist. via his experiences of dwelling and nonliving types, from structure and human anatomy to the turbulence of water and the expansion styles of grasses, he pioneered the empirical, systematic method of the statement of nature—what is referred to now because the medical process.

Leonardo's medical explorations have been terribly wide-ranging. He studied the flight styles of birds to create a few of the first human flying machines. utilizing his knowing of weights and levers and trajectories and forces, he designed army guns and defenses, and used to be in truth considered as one of many most popular army engineers of his period. He studied optics, the character of sunshine, and the workings of the human center and circulatory procedure. as a result of his mammoth wisdom of hydraulics, he used to be employed to create designs for rebuilding the infrastructure of Milan and the apparent of Lombardy, utilizing the very rules nonetheless utilized by urban planners this present day. He used to be a mechanical genius, and but his worldview used to be no longer mechanistic yet natural and ecological. for the reason that, in Capra's view, Leonardo's science—centuries prior to his time in a bunch of fields—is eminently suitable to our time.

Enhanced with fifty appealing sepia-toned illustrations, The technology of Leonardo is a clean and demanding portrait of a sizeable determine on the earth of technology and the arts.

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