Neo Leo

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Neo Leo

The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo Da Vinci

By Gene Barretta; Gene Barretta (Illustrator)

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805087031, 40pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2009

Description

An introduction to Leonardo da Vinci's genius focusing on his famous notebook sketches and the modern inventions they predicted.

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. In "Neo Geo," Gene Barretta cleverly shows how Leonardo's ideas many inspired by his love of nature foreshadowed modern inventions, offering a window into the future.



About the Author
Gene Barretta is the author and illustrator of "Now & Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin," and "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.