by Roger Whiting


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ISBN-13: 9781577150312
Publisher: Knickerbocker Press
Publication date: 04/01/1998
Edition description: REPRINT
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 9.49(w) x 12.91(h) x 0.62(d)

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Leonardo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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If anyone wonders whether or not Leonardo da Vinci was really a genius this book should resolve the question. This book is excellent for providing information about many of the things da Vinci was involved with and interested in (and there are many). To write a book like this requires some knowledge of scientific and engineering concepts as well as the history of these things which this author does have. Leonardo must be considered to be a genius mainly because of the vast number of things that he was not only interested in but was able to do well. His illustrations of machines and other things are better than computer generated illustrations found in modern encyclopedias. Some of his ideas were re-discovered or used in the future, sometimes centuries later, which provides proof that some of his ideas were valid and ahead of their time. Leonardo did make mistakes however including errors in mathematical calculations. But he was working with a base of available knowledge which was very limited by today's standards. He was able to find excitement and intense interest in a world which by today's standards was very crude and primitive. It would be interesting to see what Leonardo would be like if he was alive today. I suspect he kept his detailed notes about his life knowing that people would wonder about him in the future. As a result there's quite a bit of information available about him.