#133 – The Golden Ratio  – Leonardo da Vinci Part 23

#133 – The Golden Ratio – Leonardo da Vinci Part 23

Despite sucking at maths, Leonardo eventually realised mathematics was the language of nature. Luckily, he became close friends with the mathematician Luca Pacioli. When Pacioli wrote a book on the golden ratio, or divine proportion, his friend Leonardo did the art – lots of lovely 3D Platonic solids.

#132 – The Laziest Genius Ever – Leonardo da Vinci Part 22

#132 – The Laziest Genius Ever – Leonardo da Vinci Part 22

Leonardo loved machines, partly because he was fascinated with motion and energy. Other Renaissance artists drew machines, but only Leonardo drew them part by part to demonstrate the analysis of motion. Some of his machines were so innovative they could have made him extremely wealthy, but he was the laziest, most selfish genius of all time.

#131 – You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly – Leonardo da Vinci Part 21

#131 – You’ll Believe A Man Can Fly – Leonardo da Vinci Part 21

For about 20 years, LDV was obsessed with the idea of designing machines that would allow humans to fly. He studied birds and dragonflies, drew hundreds of drawings, and wrote tens of thousands of words on the subject. Was it because he wanted to be the world’s first superhero?

#130 – Woodpecker Tongue – Leonardo da Vinci Part 20

#130 – Woodpecker Tongue – Leonardo da Vinci Part 20

Leonardo worked out gravity 200 years before Newton, the wave nature of light 200 years before Huygens, developed “da Vinci’s Rule” and understood the nature of time before Einstein. And he was obsessed with the tongue of the woodpecker.