Math and the Mona Lisa

Math and the Mona Lisa : The Art and Science of Leonardo Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci was one of history's true geniuses, equally brilliant as an artist, scientist, and mathematician. Readers of "The Da Vinci Code" were given a glimpse of the mysterious connections between math, science, and Leonardo's art. "Math and the Mona Lisa" picks up where "The Da Vinci Code" left off, illuminating Leonardo's life and work to uncover connections that, until now, have been known only to scholars. Bulent Atalay, a distinguished scientist and artist, examines the science and mathematics that underlie Leonardo's work, paying special attention to the proportions, patterns, shapes, and symmetries that scientists and mathematicians have also identified in nature. Following Leonardo's own unique model, Atalay searches for the internal dynamics of art and science, revealing to us the deep unity of the two cultures. He provides a broad overview of the development of science from the dawn of civilization to today's quantum mechanics. From this base of information, Atalay offers a fascinating view into Leonardo's restless intellect and modus operandi, allowing us to see the source of his ideas and to appreciate his art from a new perspective.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 136 x 210 x 32mm | 480.81g
  • Smithsonian Books
  • Washington, United States
  • English
  • New ed.
  • 16ill.32col.ill.
  • 1588341712
  • 9781588341716
  • 1,257,077

Review quote

"The broad sweep of Professor Atalay's brilliant mind brings us an approach to understanding the Vincian genius that is so insightful, so original, and so well-reasoned that it immediately becomes an essential volume in the canon of Leonardiana. I read this monumental achievement in awe of the author's perceptions."show more

About Bulent Atalay

Bulent Atalay, a professor of physics at Mary Washington College, an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, and a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, is also an accomplished artist whose lithographs have been published in "Lands of Washington" and "Oxford and the English Countryside." He lives in Virginia.show more

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