The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci
Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805087031, 40pp.
Publication Date: August 4, 2009
In 1781, Thomas Paine came up with a model for a single-span bridge; in 1887, Adolf Eugen Fick made the first pair of contact lenses; and in 1907, Paul Cornu built the first helicopter. But Leonardo da Vinci thought of all these ideas more than five hundred years ago
At once an artist, inventor, engineer, and scientist, da Vinci wrote and drew detailed descriptions of what would later become hang gliders, automobiles, robots, and much more. Gene Barretta cleverly shows how Leonardo's ideas many inspired by his love of nature foreshadowed modern inventions, offering a window into the future.
Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin" and "Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci". He is also author and illustrator of "Dear Deer", which was a Notable Children s Book in the Language Arts and listed on the "Parenting Magazine" Mom-Tested Books of the Year List. He holds a B.F.A. in Film Studies from New York University, and has worked for many years in film and television production. He lives in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania with his wife and son.