Giants of Science: Leonardo da Vinci  -     By: Kathleen Krull
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Giants of Science: Leonardo da Vinci

Viking / 2005 / Hardcover

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Everyone knows Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa-but what about his thousands of notebook pages filled with scientific discoveries and wonderings? Learn about the scientific "shoulders" Leonardo stood upon, and how he became the "shoulders" for scientists after him with this delightfully written biography. Discover what life was like for a free-thinking scientist just coming out of the dark ages, how he taught himself to think, and the impact his life has made upon his own and subsequent generations. Parents, please note there is discussion of his illegitimacy and assumed homosexuality. 124 pages, indexed, hardcover with dust jacket.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Viking
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 067005920X
ISBN-13: 9780670059201
Availability: Available to ship on or about 08/23/14.
Ages: 9-12

Publisher's Description

For thirty years, the whole last half of his life, Leonardo da Vinci was obsessed with unlocking the secrets of nature. His notebooks are the mind-boggling evidence of a fifteenth-century scientist standing at the edge of the modern world, basing his ideas on observation and experimentation. Scrupulously researched, juicily anecdotal, this book will change children’s ideas of who Leonardo was and what it means to be a scientist.

Award-winning biographer Kathleen Krull will focus on five other "giants of science"— Isaac Newton, Charles Darwin, Marie Curie, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein. Each book presents a compelling portrait of an individual as well as a picture of the world at a particular time and place.

Editorial Reviews

"With a totally captivating opening and a conversational writing style, Krull offers a vivid description of life in the Middle Ages: no printed books, no bathrooms, and a belief in magic. In a time when pig manure was used to cure nosebleeds, the dawning of the Renaissance would have been quite a contrast indeed. The book moves along at a steady clip and adds details to bring da Vinci and his times to life. The author discusses his lonely childhood, his insatiable curiosity and craving for knowledge, and how his illegitimate status affected his life. Most importantly, she shows the workings of a scientific mind and the close connection between science and art. Kulikov’s stylish and exacting line drawings are engaging and incorporate many of the items and interests found in Leonardo’s notebooks. Readers will come away from this accessible volume with an understanding of who Leonardo was and a desire to know more about this fascinating, brilliant man." -School Library Journal, starred review

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