My intent is to present a coherent account of the scientific method and achievements of the great genius of the Renaissance and evaluate them from the perspective of today’s scientific thought. Studying Leonardo from this perspective will not only allow us to recognize his science as a solid body of knowledge. It will also show why it cannot be understood without his art, nor his art without the science.
As I gazed at those magnificent drawings juxtaposing, often on the same page, architecture and human anatomy, turbulent water and turbulent air, water vortices, the flow of human hair and the growth patterns of grasses, I realized that Leonardo’s systematic studies of living and nonliving forms amounted to a science of quality and wholeness that was fundamentally different from the mechanistic science of Galileo and Newton. At the core of his investigations, it seemed to me, was a persistent exploration of patterns, interconnecting phenomena from a vast range of fields.
Having explored the modern counterparts to Leonardo’s approach, known today as complexity theory and systems theory, in several of my previous books, I felt that it was time for me to study Leonardo’s Notebooks in earnest and evaluate his scientific thought from the perspective of the most recent advances in modern science.
the theory of music, and the design of musical instruments. This
Note: three propositions: observation is the common thread tying together scientists and artists. leonardo as systems thinker. importance of interdisciplinary thinking. creativity is a synthetic process while science is more analytic.