B est 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 vincis staggering range of achievements demonstrates a harbinger of the future of our species. One september day in 2008 leonard shlain found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand he was admitted into the emergency room diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer and given nine months to live shlain a surgeon by training and a self described synthesizer by nature . Leonardos brain is a fitting addition and final chapter to shlains legacy leonard shlain was a polymath in his own right this book is in part personal biography art history science history neuroscience and scientific hypothesis. Leonardo da vinci died nearly 500 years ago yet leonard shlain attempts to examine his thinking through what is known of him and what art and writings he left behind against the backdrop of current left brain right brain science. An enthusiastic mixture of history neuroscience and pop psychology that aims to explain the brilliance of leonardo da vinci 1452 1519 in this study of the great polymath surgeon and best selling author shlain sex time and power how womens sexuality shaped evolution 2003 who died in 2009 stresses that his subjects painting skills quickly made him famous although he also
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