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How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci [Hardcover]

Michael Gelb
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Delacorte; First Edition edition (1998)
  • ASIN: B001CSIRH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
This book is very hard for me to grade. It contains some of the best and worst material I have ever seen, all in the same book. That combination is unprecedented in my experience.
If the book were solely built around the exercises, I would say that it deserved more than five stars.
If the book were soley built around the analysis and history of Leonardo da Vinci as a thinker, I would grade it at two stars.
The exercises are so terrific that I urge you to read the book. I also urge you to see the text leading up to the exercises as merely an introduction to the excercises.
If you want to learn about Leonardo da Vinci as a thinker, I suggest you go elsewhere for that guidance. I do encourage you read the Leonardo notebooks directly. They are fascinating. While you are doing so, try to imagine yourself with the limited scientific knowledge of the day. One of the things that you will learn is the power of conceptualizing what is needed that is missing. This helps to set the goal that energizes those who then meet the goal. Leonardo had enormous influence in this way with his pioneering work on helicopters, submarines, parachutes, and many mechanical devices.
Research on creativity and innovation has shown that it is valuable to increase one's curiosity, testing of ideas, observation skills, openness to new ideas and ambiguity, whole-brained thinking, balance in life activities, and seeing systems connections. This book espouses those concepts as well. In fact, it felt to me like the author was more influenced by the creativity and innovation literature than by Leonardo. If the book had drawn on more of this kind of research, rather than just trying to oversimpify Leonardo da Vinci, it would have been a better book.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
One of those books which you start reading, and then wish you were somewhere you could experiment..It brings you ideas on how to expand your creative thinking, ways to experience new sensations in food, art, and life, and all with some fascinating facts about one of the worlds most famous inventors (and artists of course). Did you know that he was the first inventor of the helicopter? He spent his life asking questions (one of his techniques for mind expansion), and Michael Gelb captures the essence of the man and his mind in this easy to read and understand book. If you want an unusual gift for a special friend (you can experiment together), I guarantee you and they will not be disappointed.
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A book that deserves a special place in our journey in discovering and living our potential. Great on facts, extremely well presented...it leaves the readers with a feeling that creativity is a birthright...and that being so is a matter of us living life in a certain way...which the book details. The exercises at the end, esp for a beginner learning to draw, are also unique.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and stimulating 12 Oct 2002
I can never resist buying self-help books, but I'm usually disappointed with the results. In other words, after reading several self-help books I'm still the same mundane person I always was. However, "How to think like Leonardo da Vinci" really has made a difference in my life. It has opened my eyes to a whole new exciting world of music, nature, art....I could go and on.
Written in a friendly, easily accessible style, which is never patronizing, "How to think like LDV" will have you really listening to music; juggling in the morning; devising your own motto and just getting more fun out of life in no time.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal! 28 Aug 2003
Michael Gelb gets you to challenge your way of thinking and open your mind to bringing creativity into every aspect of your life. Exciting and exploritory exercises move your forward into using parts of the brain you didn't even know you had. An absolute MUST for anyone serious about living more creatively.
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