Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo Da Vinci

Math and the Mona Lisa: The Art and Science of Leonardo Da Vinci

by Bulent Atalay, B. Atalay
     
 

ISBN-10: 1588341712

ISBN-13: 9781588341716

Pub. Date: 03/19/2004

Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press

   Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's

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   Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known only to scholars.

   Bülent Atalay, a distinguished scientist and artist, examines the science and mathematics that underlie Leonardo's work, paying special attention to the proportions, patterns, shapes, and symmetries that scientists and mathematicians have also identified in nature. Following Leonardo's own unique model, Atalay searches for the internal dynamics of art and science, revealing to us the deep unity of the two cultures. He provides a broad overview of the development of science from the dawn of civilization to today's quantum mechanics. From this base of information, Atalay offers a fascinating view into Leonardo's restless intellect and modus operandi, allowing us to see the source of his ideas and to appreciate his art from a new perspective.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588341716
Publisher:
Smithsonian Institution Press
Publication date:
03/19/2004
Pages:
314
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.46(h) x 1.12(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Prologue
1Leonardo Fiorentino : a life well spent1
2The confluence of science and art13
3Painting by numbers26
4The nature of science53
5The nature of art58
6The art of nature89
7The science of art112
8The eye of the beholder and the eye of the beheld151
9Leonardo, part-time artist163
10The manuscripts of the consummate scientist185
11Unifying the physics of heaven and earth213
12The greatest collective piece of art of the twentieth century245
13Bridging the cultural divide269
Bibliographical essay281
Notes283
Index303

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