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Da Vinci'nin Bilimi: Rönesansın Büyük Dehasının Zihninde Bir Gezinti

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  600 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Leonardo da Vinci, kırk yıl boyunca yaptığı yüzlerce deneyin bilgilerini, teknolojik tasarımlarını ve gözlemlerini göz kamaştırıcı çizimlerle dolu meşhur Not Defterleri’nde topladı.

Okuyacağınız kitap, durmaksızın çalışan bir beynin bize ulaşmış en kapsamlı ve eksiksiz kayıtlarını sunan bu binlerce sayfalık notlar ışığında yazıldı.

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Hardcover, 302 pages
Published (first published 2007)
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Hossam Elbahrawy
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leonardo Da Vinci is what God would be if he had a human form.
Mar 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting book about the various pursuits of a brilliant mind. The first half focuses on his general biography, the second half the science itself. Capra takes more of a systems dynamics approach to the science, basing it more on what was known during Da Vinci's time, rather than examining the physics from a Newtonian perspective because that is not the type of physics background with which he would have approached these questions, though it is often how it has been interpretted since his n ...more
Douglas Summers-Stay
Aug 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
In order to be an artist, you need to observe carefully. What is under the skin that makes part of the neck bulge like that when a person turns their head? How do reflections on rippled water relate to the rest of the scene? Leonardo was hundreds of years ahead of his time in many of his scientific observations. This books points out what he got right and what he got wrong in optics, geology, physics, mechanics, anatomy, wave theory, and on and on. What he tragically didn't understand about scie ...more
Leonardo Da Vinci is a most fascinating person to read about. His extremely curious mind, amazing, almost superhuman powers of concentration, and his ability to memorize and synthesize huge amounts of information led to a level of genius in both science and art that has been rarely surpassed. As I was reading, I often wondered to myself, what could he have accomplished in our day and age? He would have absolutely loved the technology we have access to.

Probably the most fascinating part was read
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
I took a look at the biographies of Leonardo da Vinci at the library after watching the first season of Davinci's Demons. I was intrigued by the fact that Fritjof Capra had written what is essentially a scientific biography of da Vinci and checked it out.

The book is beautiful and full of images from da Vinci's sketchbooks. Capra provides a brief biography of da Vinci, an overview of his artistic career and then an overview of his scientific and mathematical studies. I found all of it
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really nice treatment of an aspect of LDV's genius not often considered at length - the extremely integrative, systems-level nature of his intelligence and practice. Not a Descartian divisionist at all - art, science, engineering, anatomy - all related, all part of what he 'did' in the world. He would take up one, realize the need to know about another - take that up to, and on and on. And his contribution was significant in every field he entered. Loved learning and experimentation as ends in t ...more
Jun 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in high school when I had a huge crush on Leo da Vinci. Yeah. Don't judge me.

Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this book up because I was interested in Leonardo's way of thinking, which was peaked by a lot of recommendations for Walter Isaacson's biography. However, that book has the size of an elephant! Decided to pick this average sized book instead which also has a comparable score here on Goodreads.

As I'm a Design Engineer I was mostly interested in Leonardo's sciency side, rather than the painter and I wanted to get some take-aways which I could implement in my own life. Luckily, Capra start
Steven Kaminski
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My main takeaway from this book? Man I wish I was smarter. This book gives a great breakdown with reproductions of Leonardo Da Vinci's actual drawings from his notebooks. It went through his life through the notebooks and the evolutions of his interests. Da Vinci contributed over 300 inventions to the world. And because he was an honest researcher who wanted to learn about everything he went from being 'unlearned' (he never got a formal education) to creating studies of anatomy, fluid dynamics, ...more
Amr Adel
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
with no doubt that the life of leonardo de vinci was full of lessons for us to learn and to amuse us with his amazing capabilities. In this book we learn how he was eager to learn more and never stop trying or searching for the right answer. In the first chapters when the author discusses his life and what he made throughout it,i think this is the entertaining part.However in the last couple of chapters the author try to put the scientific achievements of leonardo and here comes the boring part ...more
I learned so much about the great Leonardo. I knew about his art and his inventions, but he was so much more! A painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, anatomist, philosopher, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, city planner, optics, explorer & mountaineer, geologist, inventor, military expert, landscape artist, mathematician, writer, statics expert, theatre technician, set, costume, and lighting design, and fluid dynamics expert. I cannot even imagine anyone more talented and to think that ...more
Benjamin Brubaker
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Here be genius.
James Edwards
Little new material written in a most boring manner.
Fantastic, fantastic book. What a fascinating read. I thought I had a pretty good understanding of Leonardo's life and achievements, but I was only scraping the surface.

The book starts out with a biography of his life, exploring some of his main interests, and his accomplishments in painting, military engineering, and theatre. Then in the second half, really getting into the meat of it, Leonardo's accomplishments in different branches of the sciences.

Really, enough cannot be said about his dep
Leonardo helps me feel normal. Not that my art, science, or engineering understanding is anywhere comparable. I relate to his journey in exploring practical aspects for a painting (such as light or physical motion) taking a diversion into optics, physiology, barn construction etc. and going far beyond useful information for a portrait painting. Also, I envy that he could take three years to complete a masterpiece, The Last Super.

This book is about a man who could have easily been the
Jan 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Contrary to the opinions expressed by my fellow critics. I found the authors passion for Leonardo and for Leonardo’s science to be riveting. I have not studied Leonardo directly, and so appreciated the inclusion of such biographical detail. I realise that there are literally thousands of books written on Leonardo, from diverse perspectives. Though I was pleased with the mix of science discussed by the author as it related to Leonardo’s life, his art and his death. ...more
Jul 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While da Vinci's artistic and scientific achievements are well known, the personal aspects of the man have been shrouded in mystery for centuries. Few writer's who knew about him from first or second hand sources have given a depiction of the person Leonardo da Vinci - noteably Vasari, a 16th century biographer of painters of the Renaissance period, whose decription of Leonardo portrays him as eccentric, private, strong & beautiful in his youth, and perhaps gay. Little else is known outside ...more
Sep 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Rated three stars for "Ok if you have nothing better to do with your time." I won't be finishing this one, and I'm breaking my rule about giving such books 1 star because...

it is what it says it is. Biographical stuff about Leonardo and a good effort at fitting him into the role of "first true scientist."

It's just that I found, while reading this, that I wasn't really interested in these topics. My bad, not the books.

A light read, beautiful production-- ink, p
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Leonardo was the master of the Renaissance, excelling in engineering, mathematics, chemistry, anatomy, optics, aeronautics, as well as painting. He rose from humble beginnings by gaining political favor for his design of weaponry and his remaining journals trace his life and thoughts. He began with Aristotle and in many ways developed the scientific method. Capra describes his thinking as very systemic and this is where he used his talents of art to describe his curiosities. Capra's unequivocal ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating read! I knew DaVinci was a renaissance man, yet I had no idea of the scope of his works. Capra did an excellent job of showing DaVinci's studies as well as DaVinci's thoughts and beliefs. Some of the topics DaVinci studied are of an advanced nature and are a little complex for the non-mathematician. However, for those who are mathematically inclined, Capra provides an appendix going further into various mathematical concepts. A great read for any who are interested in the ancestors o ...more
Art Meyer
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Science of Leonardo is the most inspirational and interesting book that I have read in the last ten years. Capra takes the reader for an intellectually stimulating journey through the life of Leonardo. Along this path one continually encounters an intensely curious thinker who continually strives to discover the truth. Capra delves into the life of an artist, scientist, designer, architect, botanist, anatomist, engineer, and musician who won't be held back by the restraints of classical writ ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feldenkrais
I decided to read this book because Leonardo's drawing the Vitruvian Man has been mentioned in my Feldenkrais training many times. I decided I wanted to know if there were more correlations between Leonardo's work and the teachings in my training. If I didnt know any better I would say that Moshe Feldenkrais read this book as he was developing his method. Not the case as Moshe passed before this was published, which may make it even more incredible. The two shared a similar outlook on knowlege, ...more
Aug 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After Leonardo da Vinci's death his notebooks were gradually sold off, some were taken apart, and many were destroyed or lost, and so for several centuries da Vinci's explorations of the world were lost. Capra considers da Vinci's wide-ranging curiosity and wonders how our world view might be different had the notebooks been widely available. Capra's close look at the notebooks gives us a rare opportunity to see the inner workings of a great thinker's mind. A fascinating read!
Heather Larcombe
Dec 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It would be so lovely to be a scholar. In this particular case, to actually go look at the source folios and decipher the writing (hmm, have to learn Italian first...) and look at the pictures in person. But until I'm independently wealthy and have unlimited time, reading other's scholarship will have to do. A lovely and well-noted book promoting DaVinci's extensive investigations into multiple branches of science.
Mar 29, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say, Leonardo da Vinci was wicked smart. Most people have seen some of his anatomical sketches he has done but he was so much more than even an artist and anatomist. Amazing book. Well written so it was actually a quick read. One interesting bit of minutia to note: All of his notebooks are in various museums except for one. Bill Gates forked over 31 million dollars for da Vinci's Codex Hammer- one years worth of his scientific observations. Wow.
Apr 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I probably should have toughed this out, as it had a lot of interesting things in it. I read half but kept not looking forward to my reading time because I knew Leonardo was waiting for me. The sections about his life and his art were good but the science section was less interesting to me. If this book sounds interesting to you, don't let my wussiness dissuade you...I just wanted to get to my next book more than finish this one.
Diane Kennicker
Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very interesting. I learned more about Leonardo and how he did so many things prior to the 'Greats' who came after him hundreds of years later. He was a man way before his time.
I would recommend this book. It flows well. One does not need to be a scientist or artist to appreciate this book.
Vishang Shah
Nice portrait of the scientist that Leonardo was. Book is divided in 2 parts, Life & Works. Life part outlines his early to end of career & himself as a human being. Works part delves deeper into each commission he got & achievements & inventions he did in order to fulfill them. He is indeed one of the most genius but under-celebrated figure of humankind. Well worth reading.
Aug 03, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The idea of this book is better than its execution. The biography section is short, and better done elsewhere. The science section shows what a genius Da Vinci really was, but at times the author's love of Da Vinci seems to overwhelm any objectivity. Da Vinci was amazing and you don't need to make up excuses for mistakes he made.
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Fritjof Capra (born February 1, 1939) is an Austrian-born American physicist. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College. Capra is the author of several books, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), Uncommon Wisdom (1988), The Web of Life (1996) and The Hidden Connections (2002).
“He had a deep respect for life, a special compassion for animals, and great awe and reverence for nature’s complexity and abundance. While a brilliant inventor and designer himself, he always thought that nature’s ingenuity was vastly superior to human design. He felt that we would be wise to respect nature and learn from her.” 2 likes
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