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Revered today as perhaps the greatest of Renaissance painters, Leonardo da Vinci was a scientist at heart. The artist who created the Mona Lisa also designed functioning robots and digital computers, constructed flying machines, and built the first heart valve. His intuitive, ingenious approach—a new mode of thinking—linked highly diverse areas of inquiry in startlingly original ways, ushering in a whole new era.
In Leonardo’s Legacy, award-winning science journalist Stefan Klein provides “an illuminating new look at Leonardo’s unique genius” (Publishers Weekly), which delves into the brilliant, complex mind of this quintessential Renaissance man.
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Washington Post, 6/13/10
"Leonardo da Vinci has so long been sanctified that it's easy to forget he was human. Fortunately, Stefan Klein paints a fresh portrait rather than further gilding an already blinding lily...Klein's vivid journeys on Leonardo's trail help create a sense of the man behind the red chalk self-portraits and also make for enjoyable travel writing."
The Guardian (UK), 6/19/10
"The book is full of intriguing connections, such as that between scientific experiment and caricature." Curled Up with a Good Book, 7/6/10"A fascinating portrayal of a man who was not only an artistic genius but equally a genius in the fields of medicine and science...There's a wealth of information in Klein's book...Art lovers who want to learn more about one of the greatest artists and intellectual minds of all time should add Leonardo's Legacy to their reading lists today." FasterTimes.com, 8/7/10
"If we don't typically regard the Mona Lisa as a scientific drawing, that's largely because it's a scientific drawing so sophisticated that the science is invisible. Stefan Klein demonstrates, in the bravura opening chapter to his book Leonardo's Legacy, the lengths to which Leonardo was willing to travel in his quest to understand 'how facial expressions are formed.'" Smoke, Summer 2010"Stefan Klein deciphers the forgotten legacy of this universal genius and persuasively demonstrates that today we have much to learn from Leonardo's way of thinking." New York Journal of Books, 4/27/10"This work is truly encompassing and a must read for anyone who has even the slightest interest in the intellect of Leonardo da Vinci." The Oklahoman, 9/26/10"Recommended to those interested in Leonardo or early science and art." Magill Book Reviews
"Klein's writing style is clear and lively...An intriguing glimpse into the workings of an incredible mind."
Kirkus Reviews, 3/15/10
"A lucid examination of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), emphasizing his immense secret journal...This richly illustrated, engrossing account makes a good case that da Vinci was not only ahead of his time but ahead of our own."
Stefan Klein is an award-winning European science writer and author of the international bestsellers The Science of Happiness and The Secret Pulse of Time. He lives in Berlin, Germany.
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Book Description Da Capo Press, 2011. Paperback. Condition: BRAND NEW. Seller Inventory # 0306820080_abe_bn
Book Description Da Capo Press, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. First Trade Paper Edition. Seller Inventory # DADAX0306820080
Book Description Da Capo Press, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0306820080
Book Description Condition: New. New. Seller Inventory # M-0306820080