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How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Everyday [Paperback]

Michael Gelb
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15 Mar 2004

New edition, including a new introduction by the author, of this inspiring guide to developing your full potential. A perfect buy for the business market as well as those wishing to explore their power of their brain, this book shows you how to imitate Leonardo Da Vinci’s thought processes and so enhance your aptitude in every area of your life.

Learn how to fulfill your true potential by developing the thought processes used by Renaissance master Leonardo Da Vinci. Simply by imitating his insatiable quest for information and experience, we can all enhance our own aptitude in all facets of our lives.

Michael Gelb discusses the seven fundamental elements of Da Vinci’s thought process and offers practical ways to incorporate them into our own lives. The techniques outlined in the book help readers to develop the same traits of whole-brain thinking, creative problem solving and continuous learning, all of which are vital in today’s world.

Numerous exercises, anecdotes and illustrations help readers to master these techniques and create a personal and professional renaissance of their very own.

Product details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Element; New edition edition (15 Mar 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007169655
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007169658
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 17.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 486,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Buy it. Read it. Live it!’ TONY BUZAN

‘By capturing the very essence of Da Vinci’s life and genius- the seeming perfect integration of mind, body, spirit and soul- Michael Gelb guides us in a discovery and understanding of the boundlessness of our own full human potential.’ DEEPAK CHOPRA

‘A brilliant and practical guide to awakening and training our vast, unused resources of intelligence and ability… Get this book and stick with it.’ TED HUGHES

About the Author

Michael Gelb is an internationally renowned author, speaker and consultant who runs workshops, seminars and consultancy projects for companies and organisations such as BP, IBM, FBI and Microsoft. His bestselling books include Lessons from the Art of Juggling, Thinking for a Change, Samurai Chess and Body Learning. He has also written and read successful audio programmes such as Mindmapping: How to Liberate Your Natural Genius and Power Speaking.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By iozce
I am just about to finish a PhD on electronics engineering.
As a researcher you need to be very skillful in problem solving by being good at learning, raising questions, proposing possible solutions, moving in ambigous conditions, building connections between different problems.
This book covers all these skills needed by anybody who wants to be more creative in life and particularly it is a great book for a problem solver.
I knew the ideas given in the book generally before reading them and were applying the exercises upto some point. But I were not doing in an organized fashion and hence were not getting as much as I should have got.
This book gives a broad picture of how to be creative and productive.
The ideas are first parallelled with Leonardo da Vinci's life and practices then some exercies are presented.
There are mainly seven points lying in Leonardo's approaches:
being curious, asking questions and learning continously,
applying knowledge in practical situations and learning from mistakes,
full use of senses and practices for sharpening them,
ability of moving in unclear conditions,
keeping the body healthy and balanced,
combining science and art,
forming connections between different observations and problems.
You learn about Leonardo's practices and exercise on them...
I recommend this book to anybody who cares about being more creative, productive, efficient.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a simple portal into a complex artist 26 April 2004
Gelb's book is a welcome introduction to the great artist's work. Ratherthan attempting to do justice to his prodigious output, the authorconcentrates on what is distinctive about Leonardo's way of thinking. Thushe can isolate 7 factors that link the engineering with the anatomy andthe painting etc. These are what form the core form the book and arereally interesting in themselves:
1. Curiosity
2. Knowing how to see
3. Demonstration and the importance of making ideas concrete
4. Sensation and the role of the senses
5. Connection-making
6. The link between art and science
7. ‚€˜Sfumato‚€™, the art of being comfortable with ambiguity.
These principles give a wonderful practitioner‚€™s insight into creativeactivity of all kinds. Each is outlined as a practical technique withexercises to practice on.
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Amazon.com: 5.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 26 Oct 2013
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Bought it as a gift for my 81 year old Industrial Designer father, who has been celebrated as "The Leonardo" of his town in India. He is thrilled to see the presentation of Da Vinci's thoughts, and I'm very happy for him. The book is remarkable for the analysis of processes that a superior human brain can master.
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