Excerpt from The Literary Works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Vol. 1 of 2: Compiled and Edited From the Original Manuscripts
Leonardo's literary lahours in various departments hoth of Art and of Science were those essentially of an enquirer, hence the analytical method is that which he employs in arguing out his investigations and dissertations. The vast structure of his scientific theories is conseguently huilt up of nu merous separate researches, and it is much to he lamented that he should never have collated and arranged them. His love for detailed research - as it seems to me - was the reason that in almost all the Manuscripts, the diﬂ'erent paragraphs appear to us to he in utter confusion; on one and the same page, ohservations on the most dissimilar suhjects follow each other without any connection. A page, for instance, will hegin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound, and finally some precepts as to colour. Another page will hegin with his investi gations on the structure of the intestines, and end with philosophical remarhs as to the relations of poetey to painting; and so forth.
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