Math and the Mona Lisa

Math and the Mona Lisa

The Art and Science of Leonardo Da Vinci

Book - 2006
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The Nature of Genius

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of The Da Vinci Code were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. Math and the Mona Lisa picks up where The Da Vinci Code left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known only to scholars.

Following Leonardo's own unique model, Atalay searches for the internal dynamics of art and science, revealing to us the deep unity of the two cultures. He provides a broad overview of the development of science from the dawn of civilization to today's quantum mechanics. From this base of information, Atalay offers a fascinating view into Leonardo's restless intellect and modus operandi, allowing us to see the source of his ideas and to appreciate his art from a new perspective. William D. Phillips, who won the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997, writes of the author, "Atalay is indeed a modern renaissance man, and he invites us to tap the power of synthesis that is Leonardo's model."

Publisher: Smithsonian Books :� New York : 2006
ISBN: 9780060851194
0060851198
Branch Call Number: ANF 759.5 LEON
Characteristics: xix, 314 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 21 cm

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Aug 11, 2018

A book that focuses on two of the many facets of Leonardo (mathematician and engineer), Math and the Mona Lisa explores the “hidden” ratios behind some of the oeuvres that represent the apex of human intellectual, among them the pyramids of Egypt, renaissance and modern masterpieces, studies and treatises that shaped the sciences field.

The author opens with an exhaustive documentation of the mathematical rationale of Leonardo, and moves into more dense chapters about the magnificent accomplishments of people of high calibre like Galileo, Kepler, Newton, Einstein and other fundamental persons of modern science.

At the end, the reader would feel like it finished at force the tour to comprehend what is behind the origin and evolution of live: numbers, ratios, harmonics.

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