Sunday, July 8, 2018

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

From WSHU:
Leonardo exemplified creativity at its most passionate and multidisciplinary, and always with a sense of wonder. He is, says Isaacson, the “ultimate example” of the main theme of his previous biographies [Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein]– “how the ability to make connections across disciplines – arts and the sciences, humanities and technology” – is a key to innovation, imagination, and genius.” 

But what prompted Isaacson to add his name to the already rich store of writing about Leonardo, generously credited here? The answer would seem to be twofold: new information due to advances in analysis and interpretation of Leonardo’s writings and art, and new translations, especially of the Notebooks, over 7,000 pages of doodles and scribbles that constitute “the greatest record of curiosity ever created.”

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