Leonardo: The First Scientist

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Macmillan, Oct 12, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 384 pages
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Celebrated as a painter and engineer during his lifetime, Leonardo da Vinci was the very embodiment of the Renaissance Man. But few guessed at the extent of his scientific investigations and experiments. In a vast collection of notebooks (over 5,000 pages), Leonardo meticulously detailed his research on optics, mechanics, astronomy, and anatomy. He kept his findings hidden for fear his ideas would be stolen. Had they been shared or published, they might well have changed the course of scientific discovery, for they prefigured the work of Newton, Galileo, and Kepler. Instead, after Leonardo's death, his papers were lost to the world for nearly 200 years; some were never recovered.

Using newly available documents, Michael White illuminates Leonardo's groundbreaking achievements and weaves together the elements of his life and times-his unhappy childhood, his homosexuality, his relationship with everyone from Machiavelli to Cesare Borgia to Michelangelo. Leonardo: The First Scientist restores to this Renaissance genius the place he deserves in the pantheon of modern discovery.
 

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LEONARDO: The First Scientist

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Science writer White (Isaac Newton, 1997, etc.) makes a vigorous though not always convincing case that the scientific endeavors of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) were as important as his paintings ... Read full review

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User Review  - paulrach - LibraryThing

Since the Da Vinci Code, the work of Leonardo has taken on mythical proportions. However, the author presents Leonardo in a more realistic light. Starting from his humble birth to his death with the ... Read full review

Contents

Sins of the Father
10
Leonardos Intellectual Inheritance
30
A New Beginning
55
Shattered Dreams New Awakenings
79
Recognition
100
Triumph and Turmoil
129
The Notebooks I 14841500
158
The Peripatetic Sage
198
The Notebooks II 15001519
263
The Science of Art
309
Planet Leonardo
328
Appendix I
336
Appendix II
339
Picture Credits
342
Notes
343
Index
358

The Arms of the King
236

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About the author (2001)

Michael White is the author of the international best-seller Stephen Hawking: A Life in Science (with John Gribbin), the award-winning Isaac Newton: the Last Sorcerer, Life Out There, and Weird Science. He is currently working on a book about scientific rivalry from Newton to Bill Gates. White lives with his wife and family near London.

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