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Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.

He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supperand the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it-to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.
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Publication date Nov 22, 2018
Thematic Category Biography
Series Biographies
Age 18+
Pages 560
No of reprints 1
ISBN 978-618-01-2728-7
SKU 20526
Dimensions (width x height) 17 x 24 cm
Weight 1.500 kgr
Binding Σκληρό εξώφυλλο
ISBN e-book 978-618-01-2729-4
E-book Code 20527
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  1. Τίνα Μανδηλαρά "Ποιος ήταν πραγματικά ο Λεονάρντο ντα Βίντσι"
  2. ʼγγελος Κλάδης "Ο Λεονάρντο Ντα Βίντσι είναι μία προσιτή ιδιοφυία"
  3. Κέλλη Κρητικού "Η βιογραφία της μεγαλύτερης ιδιοφυΐας όλων των εποχών"
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Ο WALTER ISAACSON, ιστορικός και συγγραφέας, ξεκίνησε την καριέρα του ως δημοσιογράφος. Συνεργάστηκε με το περιοδικό Time από το 1978? αρχικά ως πολιτικός ανταποκριτής, εξελίχθηκε σε αρχισυντάκτη σε λιγότερο από δύο δεκαετίες. Δούλεψε δύο χρόνια ως πρόεδρος και CEO του τηλεοπτικού καναλιού CNN. Το 2003 έγινε πρόεδρος του Ινστιτούτου Άσπεν, ενός διεθνούς Μη Κερδοσκοπικού Οργανισμού, αφιερωμένου «στην προώθηση της πεφωτισμένης ηγεσίας και του απροκατάληπτου διάλογου». Αμέσως μετά τον τυφώνα Κατρίνα, διορίστηκε αντιπρόεδρος της Αρχής Αποκατάστασης της Λουιζιάνα. Από τις Εκδόσεις ΨΥΧΟΓΙΟΣ κυκλοφορούν τα βιβλία του STEVE JOBS: Η ΕΠΙΣΗΜΗ ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ, LEONARDO DA VINCI: Η ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ ΜΙΑΣ ΜΕΓΑΛΟΦΥΪΑΣ και ALBERT EINSTEIN: Η ΕΠΙΣΗΜΗ ΒΙΟΓΡΑΦΙΑ. Ζει µε τη σύζυγό του στην Ουάσινγκτον.
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