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Leonardo: The First Scientist

by Michael White

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Poor stuff.
The title is a misnomer for a start. L was hardly a scientist, more of an engineer, and an incomplete one at that, and if he was a scientist, then certainly not the first. The book's approach does little to make the case anyway, with far too much on his social inferiority complex, his troubled sex life, Freud's quirky book about him and other irrelevant matters. And if that's not bad enough...

Listening to "Leonardo,the first scientist" by M White. The reading is for the most part clear and competent. But who allowed or encouraged the actor, (C. Kay) to deliver Leonardo's own words in a phony Italian accent? It totally undermines the depth and complexity of Leonardo's thoughts. He sounds as if he has the intellect of a Glasgow pizza delivery boy. Also very shaky is the pronunciation of Italian names, most annoying being "Lee-onardo", instead of the correct Italian "Lay-onardo". Either convey the names in an anglicised way or do them Italian style but get it right.
I'm an actor and director myself and fluent in four languages.

I gave up. ( )
  vguy | Feb 21, 2016 |
I love this book the most about the most genius man of his time , Leonardo Da vinci . It explains in great historical detail about his life growing up and all he went through to become one of the greatest artist in history. You won't go wrong with this wonderful book , It makes you want to know more about him. ( )
  LizzyRachel | Sep 16, 2015 |
Since the Da Vinci Code, the work of Leonardo has taken on mythical proportions. However, the author presents Leonardo in a more realistic light. Starting from his humble birth to his death with the favour of the king of France, White present an honest appraisal of his life.

In many instances, Da Vinci was ahead of his time, yet at the same time he was equally a man of his age.

For me this book was a excellent introduction to the world and age of Leonardo Da Vinci. ( )
  paulrach | Mar 27, 2010 |
biografia bien documentada ( )
  rvarela | May 9, 2008 |
Leonardo da Vinci built a robot monkey. How cool is that? This book is very readable, and focuses on different aspects of da Vinci's life than most descriptions of him, while not missing any of his major works in art and engineering. ( )
  tronella | Mar 12, 2008 |
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'It seems that in him all science was born, and that he is passing it on to succeeding centuries as in a grandiose sketch.'
For our son, George, born 8 December 1998
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When Leonardo da Vinci died, on 23 April 1519, his constant companion, the aristocratic artist Francesco Melzi, became custodian of his material and intellectual legacy.
Man is unique not because he does science, and he is unique not because he does art, but because science and art equally are expressions of his marvellous plasticity of mind. - J. Bronowski, 'The Ascent of Man'
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0349112746, Paperback)

This book is both a revelatory biography and an accessible study of Leonardo's life and multi-faceted work as a scientist and engineer. It covers all aspects of the man's life but is also a re-interpretation of the voluminous evidence to paint an original picture of Leonardo da Vinci not only as the archetypal polymath, but as the first true scientist. Topics include: * A detailed investigation of how Leonardo's manuscripts and notebooks were lost to the world and kept secret during his own lifetime and how this altered the progress of science. * A thorough analysis of his work as a scientist and how he predated many of the great figures of the 16th and 17th centuries, including Galileo, Kepler, William Harvey, Francis Bacon and Isaac Newton. * Leonardo's legacy -- what did Leonardo leave in his notebooks and how may they be viewed in the light of modern scientific understanding? What did he achieve in science?

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White weaves the history of early scientific endeavor, Leonardo's colorful personal life, including his deprived childhood, homosexuality, and relationships with contemporaries such as Machiavelli and Borgia.

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