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3.0 out of 5 stars Leonardo: The Forgotten Science Genius, September 6, 2011
This review is from: The Science of Leonardo: Inside the Mind of the Great Genius of the Renaissance (Paperback)
Leonardo is known best for his art. His thousands of pages of musings and drawings of science aren't as well known. The author here tries to remedy that in what is much a biography as it is a study of Leonardo's forgotten works. By exploring his life, the author tries to uncover what made Leonardo tick, his influences and motivations. Still, the mysterious man will always be that in many ways: a mystery. The author wants to look at Leonardo's work through modern eyes and how it relates to today (or would relate). Sometimes he interprets too much through modern eyes. He gives too much credence to the myth of "humanism" being the driving force of the Renaissance (all the while discussing how the Church funded much of it) or how the supposed "Dark Ages" were a time of intellectal regression caused by the church. Many writers have shown these myths to be untrue (see The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution & The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success). However, one wonders where science would have went had Leonardo published his works. Instead, they largely languished until modern times. Could use more illustrations, but still a great history of a lost genius. See also 1434: The Year a Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed to Italy and Ignited the Renaissance for a controversal theory that the Chinese sparked Leonardo's science.
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