Best-selling author Leonard Shlain explores the potential for humankind through the life, art, and mind of the first true Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci. The author hypothesizes that da Vinci’s staggering range of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the future of our species. Da Vinci’s innovations as an artist, scientist, and inventor, are recast through a modern lens, with Shlain applying contemporary neuroscience to illuminate da Vinci’s creative process. No other person in human history has excelled in so many areas of innovation: Shlain reveals the how and the why.
Shlain theorizes that Leonardo’s extraordinary mind came from a uniquely developed and integrated right and left brain and offers a model for how we too can evolve. Using past and current research,
Leonardo’s Brain presents da Vinci as the focal point for a fresh exploration of human creativity. With his lucid style and remarkable ability to discern connections among a wide range of fields, Shlain brings the reader into the world of history’s greatest mind.
In his lifetime, Leonard Shlain was a brilliant surgeon, loving father and husband, an wonderful mentor and best friend. He wrote three best-selling books: Art & Physics: Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light, The Alphabet vs. The Goddes: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Sex, Time and Power: How Female Sexuality Shaped Human Evolution. The ground-breaking thinking he introduced to the world by merging disciplines and connecting seemingly disparate paradigms is now required reading in universities and has created new branches of studies worldwide. Leonard Shlain died of a brain tumor on May 9, 2009. The manuscript for this, his last book, Leonardo’s Brain: Understanding Da Vinci’s Creative Genius, was completed on May 6th. His torch is carried on by his three children, Artist Kimberly Shlain Brooks, Physician/Entrepeneur Jordan Shlain and Filmmaker Tiffany Shlain.