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Leonardo Da Vinci: Pathfinder of Science. Guy Rooker Wednesday 13 February 2019

‘The utmost fulfilment of Leonardo the scientist is seen in his artistic creations. These reveal the most amazing and inseparable affinity of his scientific and artistic concepts’ - Ludwig Heidenreich 1958. Leonardo would say nature must be his guide and that art was based on a scientific understanding of everything depicted. He used his powers of draughtsmanship and astute sense of observation in his scientific drawings making an incredible contribution to our early understanding of anatomy, aeronautics, warfare, cartography and water engineering to name but a few. It would take centuries of science and technology to catch up with his thoughts. This talk follows Leonardo’s pursuit of these investigations whether they be on his own initiative, his pursuit of remunerative
employment or in response to a particular set of circumstances in his life.