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Fritjof CapraDescribe your latest project.
My current and very exciting book project has occupied me for the last 3 years and is now almost completed. It is a book about the science of Leonardo da Vinci. I have been fascinated by the genius of Leonardo for a long time and have found that there are very few books about his science. Moreover, those that exist look at him from the perspective of Galileo and Newton, which is inappropriate in my view. In my forthcoming book, I present a coherent account of Leonardo's tremendous scientific achievements and evaluate them from the perspective of 21st-century scientific and philosophical thought. Leonardo's science is a science of living forms, a science of quality, which can be seen as a distant forerunner of today's complexity and systems theory.
In studying the writings of Leonardo, I have found that they are very relevant to our time. As our sciences and technologies become increasingly narrow in their focus, unable to understand the problems of our time from an interdisciplinary perspective, and dominated by corporations with little interest in the well-being of humanity, we urgently need a science that honors and respects the unity of life, recognizes the fundamental interdependence of all natural phenomena, and reconnects us with the living Earth. This is exactly the kind of science Leonardo da Vinci anticipated and outlined 100 years before Galileo and 200 years before Newton.
The book (working title: The Science of Leonardo da Vinci) will be published by Doubleday in the U.S. and by Rizzoli in Italy in the fall of 2007.
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