Learning from Leonardo
Fritjof Capra, Founding Director, Center for Ecoliteracy; Author, Learning from Leonardo
Capra, a physicist and systems theorist well-known for his highly influential The Tao of Physics, presents Leonardo Da Vinci's scientific work – his fluid dynamics, geology, botany, mechanics, aerodynamics and anatomy. Most of his astonishing discoveries and achievements remain virtually unknown, as has Leonardo's focus on understanding the nature of life, because until recently the nature of life was defined only in terms of cells and molecules, to which Leonardo had no access. But the understanding of life that is emerging today, in terms of metabolic processes and their patterns of organization, are precisely the phenomena that Leonardo explored throughout his life.