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Leonardo's brain : understanding da Vinci's creative genius
Shlain, Leonard, author.
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Guilford, Connecticut : Lyons Press, an imprint of Rowman Littlefield, [2014]

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xiv, 225 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), color map ; 24 cm
"Explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy and then employing state of the art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius"--
Art/Science -- Medicis/Popes -- Milan/Vatican -- Mind/Brain -- Leonardo/Renaissance Art -- Renaissance Art/Modern Art -- Duchamp/Leonardo -- Leonardo the Trickster -- Creativity -- Fear, Lust, and Beauty -- Leonardo/Theories -- Leonardo/Inventions -- Emotions/Memory -- Space and Time/Space-Time -- Leonardo/Remote Viewing -- Leonardo's Brain -- Leonardo/Asynchrony -- Evolution/Extinction.
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Best-selling author Leonard Shlain explores the potential for humankind through the life, art, and mind of the first true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. The author hypothesizes that da Vinci's staggering range of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the future of our species. Da Vinci's innovations as an artist, scientist, and inventor are recast through a modern lens, with Shlain applying contemporary neuroscience to illuminate da Vinci's creative process. No other person in human history has excelled in so many areas of innovation: Shlain reveals the how and the why.

Shlain theorizes that Leonardo's extraordinary mind came from a uniquely developed and integrated right and left brain, and he offers a model for how we too can evolve. Using past and current research, Leonardo's Brain presents da Vinci as the focal point for a fresh exploration of human creativity. With his lucid style and remarkable ability to discern connections among a wide range of fields, Shlain brings the reader into the world of history's greatest mind.

Author Notes

Leonard Shlain was a best-selling author and San Francisco surgeon. Admired among artists, scientists, philosophers, anthropologists and educators, Shlain authored three best-selling books: Art & Physics, Alphabet vs. The Goddess and Sex, Time, and Power. He delivered multimedia presentations based upon his books in venues around the world including Harvard, The New York Museum of Modern Art, CERN, Los Alamos, The Florence Academy of Art and the European Council of Ministers. His fans include Al Gore, Norman Lear and singer Bjork who credited Shlain 's Alphabet vs. The Goddess with inspiring her in her single "Wanderlust" and the album Volta.Dr. Shlain was a surgeon for 38 years at California Pacific Medical Center where he headed the Laparoscopic Surgery Department and an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Shlain began his surgical residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and then completed it at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco where he set up his general surgical practice in 1969. In 1973, he volunteered and served as a trauma surgeon in Israel during the Yom Kippur War. An early pioneer of gallbladder and hernia laparoscopic surgery in 1990, he was flown around the world to train doctors in the new techniques, patented several surgical instruments and specialized in gallbladder and hernia operations.Al Gore said: "Leonard Shlain was a personal inspiration to me and so many others. His ability to synthesize not only information but also genuine wisdom across multiple and disparate disciplines was extraordinary. His talent for communicating to the rest of us what he had discovered was a rare gift"Shlain died in May 2009 at the age of 71 after a battle with brain cancer.

Table of Contents

Note to Readerp. v
Author's Notep. vii
Prefacep. ix
Chapter 1 Art/Sciencep. 1
Chapter 2 Medicis/Popesp. 9
Chapter 3 Milan/Vaticanp. 19
Chapter 4 Mind/Brainp. 31
Chapter 5 Leonardo/Renaissance Artp. 43
Chapter 6 Renaissance Art/Modern Artp. 55
Chapter 7 Duchamp/Leonardop. 67
Chapter 8 Leonardo the Tricksterp. 75
Chapter 9 Creativityp. 85
Chapter 10 Fear, Lust, and Beautyp. 95
Chapter 11 Leonardo/Theoriesp. 109
Chapter 12 Leonardo/Inventionsp. 123
Chapter 13 Emotions/Memoryp. 133
Chapter 14 Space and Time/Space-Timep. 143
Chapter 15 Leonardo/Remote Viewingp. 149
Chapter 16 Leonardo's Brainp. 161
Chapter 17 Leonardo/Asynchronyp. 179
Chapter 18 Evolution/Extinctionp. 185
Acknowledgmentsp. 199
Notesp. 201
Indexp. 215
About the Authorp. 226