The Aspen Institute
He was history’s most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? Walter Isaacson, author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects Leonardo’s art to his science. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, but he was just as much a man of science and technology. Isaacson discusses how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy.