Leonardo da Vinci

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Scholastic, Inc., 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 124 pages
For more than thirty years-half his life-he was obsessively devoted to investigating Everything in the natural world. Nothing escaped his interest-how our eyes see, why the sky is blue, what forces build mountains, how light travels, where water comes from, and-most fascinating of all to Leonardo-the inner workings of the human body. Nothing stopped him. It was illegal to dissect human corpses, so he did autopsies in secret, even devising a clever way to slice through eyeballs (notoriously squishy!). Scrupoulously researched and juicily anecdotal, Kathleen Krull's portrait of Leonardo will not only change children's ideas of who he was, but also what it means to be a scientist.

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Leonardo da Vinci was never associated to Guyanese people, my nationality is Guyanese, from what I recall as a child, teen, adult, even in schools, no one ever spoke about him. I never knew who Da Vinci was until 2010, 2011, after I read this biography. The biography didn't mention, he hated Italians, his kind of people, he wasn't gay, jealous and spiteful people ruined his life, when he was alive, even more now that he's dead.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Kathleen Krull
WHERE DO SCIENTISTS’ brilliant ideas come from? And sure, he created the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, two of the world’s most famous paintings.
Yet for thirty years-the whole last half of his life-he spent most of his time doing research in fields ranging from astronomy to anatomy, zoology to geology, and botany to paleontology.
“Scientist” wasn’t even a word Leonardo would have known-people didn’t start using the term until the early nineteenth century. (He might have called himself a natural philosopher-someone who wants to make sense of the natural world). But he would have known the Latin word scientia, which means “knowledge”-knowledge that explains the universe and the principles that make it work. Leonardo was very interested in scientia. Yet, in books about scientists, Leonardo isn’t always included. Perhaps that’s because, in the history of science, Leonardo is like a bridge. He stands right between the medieval view of the world and the modern view based on observation and experiment. He looks backward to a time when nature seemed illogical, magical. He looks ahead to a time when nature is viewed as operating by rules and laws that can be discovered.
1-His method was scientific,
2-He was born an outsider.
3-By age 5 he lived with his grandparents and had the loneliest of childhoods.
4- His formal schooling was minimal. Leonardo was "unlettered". Leonardo was a quick learner.
5-Leonardo could be critical of practices and didn't become a regular churchgoer, following his own beliefs in his own way instead.
6-He played pranks, witty at parties, he told good riddles and funny stories (most of which haven't stood the test of time.
7- He was fanatic about being clean.
8-He was a private person.
9- Once in his life he fit in.
10- He spent time alone thinking.
11- He was arrested, it was a nasty turn of events, and he was a bystander in a plot to make trouble for The Medici. He was left bruised.
12-The public embarrassment alone would have pained an intensely private person like Leonardo. And this particular case probably attracted greater publicity because of The Medici connection, for the rest of his life Leonardo would feel persecuted, whether or not he had a reason to.
13-After the humiliating arrest, he structured his life so that he was free to be himself, isolated as much as possible from nosey neighbors. Was it then that his mistrust and disdain for others began?
14-He despised being the subject of gossip.
15-He lived in his own studio.
16-He loved animals.
17-A strikingly attractive man who seemed good at everything, he was funny and intelligent capable of discussing any topic.
18-He was even good in sports.
19-A sort of Renaissance Rap artist.
20-He never finished many things.
21-He was busy, busy reading another past time that earned him nothing
Traits, characteristics of Leonardo da Vinci..O, heavenly father, it was excruciatingly gut wrenching, grievous, being Da Vinci, people actions was the cause...XOXOXOX Kathleen Krull, as if she knew him personally, spoke to him directly.



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