Sunday, April 24, 2005


April 15 (1452 - 2005 ) Leonardo da Vinci

Happy 553rd birthday to Leonardo da Vinci. Yes, the artist, inventor, thinker. Long dead but continues to haunt the living with his memory, brilliance, and works.

Most of you already know what he has produced as an artist (yes, the La Gioconda among them), as an inventor (even a helicopter protoype, would you believe?)

What astounds me, as someone from the medical field, are his anatomic studies of the human body. I read somewhere that he had corpses dug in the middle of night for him to make close inspection and study of them. Whew!

The Vitruvian Man: marriage of mathematics and medicine

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