Leonardo : The First Scientist, Paperback
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This book is both a revelatory biography and an accessible study of Leonardo's life and multi-faceted work as a scientist and engineer.

It covers all aspects of the man's life but is also a re-interpretation of the voluminous evidence to paint an original picture of Leonardo da Vinci not only as the archetypal polymath, but as the first true scientist.

Topics include: * A detailed investigation of how Leonardo's manuscripts and notebooks were lost to the world and kept secret during his own lifetime and how this altered the progress of science. * A thorough analysis of his work as a scientist and how he predated many of the great figures of the 16th and 17th centuries, including Galileo, Kepler, William Harvey, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton. * Leonardo's legacy -- what did Leonardo leave in his notebooks and how may they be viewed in the light of modern scientific understanding? What did he achieve in science?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, Integrated: 30, integrated
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
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  • Category: Individual artists, art monographs
  • ISBN: 9780349112749



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Leonardo da Vinci built a robot monkey. How cool is that? This book is very readable, and focuses on different aspects of da Vinci's life than most descriptions of him, while not missing any of his major works in art and engineering.

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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 favour of the king of France, White present an honest appraisal of his life.In many instances, Da Vinci was ahead of his time, yet at the same time he was equally a man of his age.For me this book was a excellent introduction to the world and age of Leonardo Da Vinci.