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101 Things You Didn't Know About Da Vinci: The Secrets Of The World's Most Eccentric And Innovative Genius Revealed! Paperback – July 1, 2005


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Product Details

  • Series: 101 Things
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593373465
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593373467
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,466,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from and a master's degree from Harvard University. Cynthia Phillips, Ph.D., is a scientist. She received her B.A. in astronomy, astrophysics, and physics from Harvard University and earned her Ph.D. in planetary science, with a minor in geosciences.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CoolCat Clayton on June 5, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was as interesting as any other biography could be, however, the authors did manage to use a very nice and flowing format. Organized from point to point, never spanning more than three pages, and following in chronological order from Leonardo's illegitimate birth to his ordinary death, the books writing style is very easy to follow and is easy to pick up at any spot.

Priwer and Phillip's book is very informative, and anyone looking for research information about Da Vinci would likely consider this a Holy Grail with its factual yet interesting points. On an overall reading scale, however, for anyone simply looking for good read, this book would probably not suit as well (unless the reader has a terrible Leonardo fetish).

In the end, this book is great for someone more interested in facts rather than an interesting story line. Another strong point of the book is that it suits readers of all ages because of its easy to follow format. I would have to rate this book as a 3, don't be afraid to check it out, it's not bad!
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I am a firm believer in Self/Ongoing Education. This book definitely helped me along those lines.

Shana Priwer and Dr. Cynthia Phillips have done an outstanding job in the writing of this book. I found some of the chapter titles humorous ("The mamas and the papas....."). The book helped me see Leonardo da Vinci in a new "light", and I am looking forward to further reading/research on this genius. The book is small and easy to read; I found myself taking it with me wherever I went.

Leonardo da Vinci was truly a Renaissance Man. I liked that the writers took time to go into depth about the other great Renaissance Men (Michelangelo, Raphael, Botticelli) which I found very educational. The reading was an easy flow from beginning to end.
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By David Geisler on April 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Much more informative than my last da Vince book, but written somewhat sophomorically, with altogether too much repetition. Worthwhile, however.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lyn6024 on April 24, 2012
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I found this book tediously repetitive, and light on detail and facts.

The style of writing was also inconsistent and often immature.
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