Leonardo da Vinci obsessively educated himself in the study of human existence, but in the university of life he never did pick a major. An artist, scientist, musician, and engineer, da Vinci used paintbrushes, architectural blueprints, dissected cadavers, and structural models in his relentless exploration. It's no wonder it took 400 years for his 5,000 pages of notebooks to be translated and published -- they were a colossal mess. An idea on one page about perspective might be followed by a mechanical drawing of a flying apparatus on the flip side, with a scribbled hypothesis about love scrunched into the corner, all of it written in a language legible only when held up to a mirror. While it may not be unusual for genius to come in such a difficult-to-document package, fully understanding the workings of da Vinci's scattered cognitive process takes a conceptual visionary. And that's where Mary Zimmerman comes,... More >>>