Michael White, an experienced biographer, has written this brilliant portrayal of his childhood hero--Leonardo da Vinci--arguing that the scope of his investigations, experimental method, and desire to push the boundaries of knowledge made him nothing less than "The First Scientist." With this he weaves the history of early scientific endeavour, and Leonardo's colourful personal life, including his deprived childhood, homosexuality, and relationships with contemporaries such as Machiavelli and Borgia. A thought provoking book, it displays the ultimate amalgamation between art and science.
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"Michael White weaves the life of Leonardo da Vinci through the life and times of Renaissance Italy, relating him to the other events and personalities that changed the history of Europe. Possessing a mosaic of skills, Leonardo conducted the first scientific experiments and deduced principles from them. His mental speed and diversity impeded dedication to a single project for very long. White's chatty approach to fact and an abundance of speculation make for robust reading. Christopher Kay's British English keeps things tame most of the time, but his German and Italian accents sound comically inauthentic. Still, Kay enunciates every word. J.A.H. (c) AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine"
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