Science Minds Countdown, #5

This week, I am traveling back in a time a little bit to one of the all-time great science minds.  He was truly versatile and there seemed to be nothing he couldn't do.  There are others coming up but he was the original multi-faceted talent.

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer

The toughest part about Leonardo is writing about him, where do I begin?  We all know he painted The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper and the drawing, Vitruvian Man.  He also had many other drawings of machines and devices that were never thought to have been built, but were absolutely possible.

He approched science by observing and describing, in meticulous detail, everything he saw.  He lacked formal mathematical education so he did not conduct experiments or theoretical explanation.  It was because of this that he was ignored by scientists.

He was highly interested in anatomy and studied under his teacher, Andrea del Verrocchio.  Because of his art background, Leonardo was a master of topographic anatomy.  He also dissected corpses (with permission) so that he could illustrate a volume on anatomy.

Leonardo was also interested in flight and wrote on the flight of birds.  He also drew up the plans for a hang glider and helicopter.  His hang glider was constructed a few years back and proved to be successful.  There is so much more I could write about Leonardo, but I could go one for days on his work.

The hardest part about this post was figuring out what not to say about da Vinci.  He was so versatile and contributed so much to art, science, medicine and music.  There you have it though, a small primer on Leonardo.  Have a good day.