Leonardo The man who saved science

Jay O. Sanders, 1953-

DVD - 2017

Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks, some even 1700 years before him.

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[Arlington, Virginia] : PBS [2017]
Item Description
"SDH (subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) are a function of the disc and serve the same purpose as closed captions. Described video (for the visually impaired) is available as a secondary audio track"--Container.
Wide screen.
Originally produced as an episode of the television series: Secrets of the dead.
Program content: ©2017.
Physical Description
1 videodisc (approximately 56 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
DVD; NTSC, region 1, widescreen presentation; stereo.
TV Parental Guidelines rating: TV-PG (parental guidance suggested; this program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children).
Production Credits
Director of photography, Gianluca Ceresoli ; editor, Piero Lassandro ; original music, Pericle Odierna.
Other Authors
Jay O. Sanders, 1953- (narrator)
Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 9 Up—This thoughtful look at Leonardo da Vinci's scientific endeavors asks and answers the question of whether he was "truly an original." It follows him from his early life through his most productive years, accompanied by a combination of narration, reenactment, and commentary from historians. Scientists examine evidence that Leonardo was not a "prophet of the future" but rather a brilliant man with humanist principles who drew on the era's explosion of printed materials from classical Greek and Rome, the Islamic Golden Age, and the work of his contemporaries as the basis for his groundbreaking scientific projects and experiments. The episode explains why the result wasn't plagiaristic but transformative and that his visionary ability to improve on the thoughts and efforts of others through careful measurements and experimentation essentially "generated" the scientific method—the foundation of all modern science and technology. It concludes that he was the "perfect man" for his time, one who "saved" science by preserving and improving his predecessors' work and introducing rationality to scientific processes. Technical aspects are outstanding, including effective acting, location footage, and high production values. Many concepts discussed are complex, and students will need at least some background in science and the Renaissance to fully understand them, making the program most useful in upper-level classes about the history of science and the era. VERDICT A strong additional purchase for high school collections.—Mary Mueller, Rolla Public Schools, MO Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks — some even 1700 years before him.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Explores Leonardo da Vinci and his work.