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Da Vinci had an insatiable curiosity about every aspect of existence, combined with remarkable powers of observation and complete confidence in his ability to reason things through.
The journals, covering every subject from philosophy to aerodynamics, reveal the breadth of his interests.
It was on April 15, 1452, that Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci, Republic of Florence, in what is now in Italy, the illegitimate son of a notary and a barmaid. It is from his birthplace that he is known as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo seemed to master every subject to which he turned his attention: he was a painter, draftsman, sculptor, architect, and engineer, wrote poetry and stories: the p ...moreMore about Leonardo da Vinci...