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Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius 1st Edition

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“This remarkable exposition of Leonardo’s work provides in analysis and illustration not only the nature of genius but the intellectual epic that can unfold whenever the human mind is set free.”
—Edward o. Wilson, University Research Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, and author of the best-selling The Social Conquest of Earth and Letters to a Young Scientist

“ In this meticulously crafted work, Capra leads us into the mind and heart of Leonardo so that we experience firsthand his relentless curiosity, his desire to understand the living world on its own terms, his willingness to let go of treasured ideas and concepts in exchange for new ones. Journeying so intimately with Leonardo has given me a rich appreciation for the qualities of a Renaissance person, and what shines through above all is Leonardo’s never-faltering love for that which he was observing: this beautiful, interwoven, life-sustaining planet.”
—Margaret Wheatley, author of So Far from Home and Leadership and the New Science

About the Author

Fritjof Capra, PhD, physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy. Capra is on the faculty of Schumacher College in England and frequently gives management seminars for top executives. He is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Turning Point, The Web of Life, The Hidden Connections, and The Science of Leonardo.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Berrett-Koehler Publishers; 1 edition (November 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609949897
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609949891
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Learning from Leonardo' is a fascinating read and unveils much of Leonardo’s unique personality, and especially the nature of his scientific and human genius. It seems conceptually be the second volume of Capra’s earlier book on Leonard’s science. I have a feel that these two books about Leonardo could in the future be considered as the most important works of Fritjof Capra, and they are certainly his highest achievements given the difficult nature of the subject, and the difficulties with translating and perusing an immense amount of data, which to this day will and remains inaccessible to most humans on the globe. One probably needs to be a genius oneself to really penetrate into the universe of Leonardo.

The genius of Leonardo is so unique because it was so versatile. It cannot be compared with anything we know today, in a culture where specialization is required and where universal genius would be frowned upon as ‘generalizing and imprecise.’ Perhaps Leonardo had most in common with Aristotle, in that both men were general and precise at the same time, which is not achievable for most humans simply because of the sheer amount of data to process, ideas to develop, concepts to make, and hidden connections between seemingly separate subjects to make out and describe. I am well aware that in stating this, I made a comparison that limps as Aristotle was certainly not a great artist, nor did he excel in inventing and conceptualizing machines of any kind. It is then the unique combination, the unique synthesis of art, science and technology that makes the genius of Leonardo.
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This book goes into a tremendous amount of detail explaining how observant and inquisitive Leonardo DaVinci was his entire life. It is hard to imagine how one individual could be so gifted to accomplish all that he did. Not to take anything away from his accomplishments as artist, biologist, mathematician, engineer, or botanist, I was most impressed with DaVinci's study of the science of flight. If you're looking for a typical biography, this probably isn't the book for you. However, if you're interested in what made this genius tick, this is a pretty good book.
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Capra is an ideal person to give us a systems analytical tour of Leonardo because they share a view of the world that is integrative rather than narrowly reductive.

The reproductions are just a suggestion of the amazing imagination and draftsmanship of Leonardo...links to high-resolution versions of the key images would make the book an ideal tour.
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Great author about a great genius!!! The book nobody ever wrote about Leonardo. A must read for the 21st Century citizens.
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Found nothing really quotable. While reading through it, I felt i didn't gain any new insight on Leonardo. Anyone who has read any other Leonardo books isn't going to find any new material.
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