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For Mr Everybody,
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This review is from: Leonardo da Vinci : The First Scientist (Paperback)
This book is written to appeal to the broadest possible spectrum. It has no real academic authority, and includes very basic errors, White stating at one point that there was no such word as science in Rennaisance Italy, and two pages later offering up a quote from Leonardo that contains the word! He is also fond of starting sentences with words such as "Naturally..." whereas in any serious academic study there is no 'naturally', Whites assumptions should be backed up by fact, not couched in language designed to comfort the reader's preconceptions. The only real utility of such a work is to offer the 'who, what, where, and whens of Leondardos life. The rest reads like a film by James Ivory.