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The Science Of Leonardo

Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Doubleday
 | 
December, 2008
ISBN:
9781400078837
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Banyen's Description: 

Leonardo da Vinci’s pioneering scientific work was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Now scientist and author Fritjof Capra (The Tao of Physics) reveals that Leonardo was in many ways the unacknowledged “father of modern science.” Drawing on an examination of over 6,000 pages of Leonardo’s surviving notebooks, Capra shows how Leonardo approached scientific knowledge with the eyes of an artist. Through his studies of living and nonliving forms, from architecture and human anatomy to the turbulence of water and the growth patterns of grasses, he pioneered the empirical, systematic approach to the observation of nature—what is now known as the scientific method.

Leonardo’s scientific explorations were extraordinarily wide-ranging. He studied the flight patterns of birds to create some of the first human flying machines. Using his understanding of weights and levers and trajectories and forces, he designed military weapons and defenses, and was in fact regarded as one of the foremost military engineers of his era. He studied optics, the nature of light, and the workings of the human heart and circulatory system. Because of his vast knowledge of hydraulics, he was hired to create designs for rebuilding the infrastructure of Milan and the plain of Lombardy, employing the very principles still used by city planners today. He was a mechanical genius, and yet his worldview was not mechanistic but organic and ecological. This is why, in Capra’s view, Leonardo’s science—centuries ahead of his time in a host of fields—is eminently relevant to our time.

Enhanced with fifty beautiful sepia-toned illustrations, The Science of Leonardo is a fresh, probing portrait of a colossal figure in the world of science and the arts.

The Science of Leonardo is a fascinating glimpse of the road not taken by Western Science. Capra makes a compelling case that the science of the future may look a lot more like Leonardo’s than Bacon’s or Descartes’—a science of systems, non-reductive and akin to an art.” —Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Publisher’s Description: 

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.Leonardo da Vinci's pioneering scientific work was virtually unknown during his lifetime. Examining over 6,000 pages of his surviving notebooks, the best-selling author of The Tao of Physics dubs him the unacknowledged "father of modern science." Through his studies of living and nonliving forms in a wide range of fields, Leonardo pioneered the empirical, systematic observation of nature - now known as the scientific method. But Leonardo approached scientific knowledge with the holistic eye of an artist. Capra's portrait is enhanced with 50 illustrations. Now in paper. 352 pp.

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