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
     
 

ISBN-10: 0060851198

ISBN-13: 9780060851194

Pub. Date: 02/21/2006

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

   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:
9780060851194
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/21/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.84(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Prologue xv

1 Leonardo Fiorentino: A Life Well Spent 1

2 The Confluence of Science and Art 13

3 Painting by Numbers 26

4 The Nature of Science 53

5 The Nature of Art 58

6 The Art of Nature 89

7 The Science of Art 112

8 The Eye of the Beholder and the Eye of the Beheld 151

9 Leonardo, Part-Time Artist 163

10 The Manuscripts of the Consummate Scientist 185

11 Unifying the Physics of Heaven and Earth 213

12 The Greatest Collective Piece of Art of the Twentieth Century 245

13 Bridging the Cultural Divide 269

Bibliographical Essay 281

Notes 283

Index 303

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