Leonardo da Vinci
Oxford University Press | 0192838970 | 1999 | PDF | 432 pages | 1 Mb



This selection reveals a true Renaissance man, whose habit of rigorous enquiry, observation, and experiment, grounded in a philosophic system, led him to conceive of the universe as an organized cosmos corresponding to a work of art.

Language Notes

Text: English, Italian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Leonardo da Vinci was an immensely talented Italian Renaissance polymath: architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, geometer, scientist, mathematician, musician and painter.



The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci - The popularity of Dan Brown's book, The Da Vinci Code, has revitalized interest in this fascinating historical character. Leonardo Da Vinci lived from 1452 - 1519 and is the very definition of the words, "Renaissance Man". His work in anatomy, architecture, engineering, invention, mathematics, music, painting and sculpture are still revered and relevant today. Da Vinci's ideas involved inventions not technically feasible until the twentieth century, and include tanks, helicopters, parachutes and countless others. This eBook contains his complete notes, Volumes I and II, and contains the original plans for what Brown describes as the cryptex.

For thirty years, the whole last half of his life, Leonardo da Vinci was obsessed with unlocking the secrets of nature. His notebooks are the mind-boggling evidence of a fifteenth-century scientist standing at the edge of the modern world, basing his ideas on observation and experimentation.

--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.


"This is an excellent selection, with a lot of breadth and depth!"--F.W. Blackwell, Washington State Univ.
"Excellent text for intermediate and upper level courses on the arts and man. Selections are adequate and edited well. Leonardo's ideas are difficult but the translations and brief commentaries at the beginning of each section are helpful to the student and make these ideals accessible to the average student."--Orville V. Clark, University of Wisconsin--Green Bay
"Excellent introduction to one of the most complex aspects of Leonardo's art."--Norman Land, University of Missouri

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