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Leonardo's Brain

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Leonard Shlain

Narrated By: Grover Gardner

Date: October 2014

Duration: 8 hours 6 minutes


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 in such a wide range of fields 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, which 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.


  • Mendel G.

    A remarkable and poignant oeuvre. Especially considering that the author was stricken with a malignant brain tumor and died before the final editing. His thesis is that the early ding achievements of Leonardo were related to a unique combination of right and left brain talents. His incorporation of the discoveries of modern neuroscience and how they shed light on da Vinci's monumental abilities adds to the strength of his hypothesis. Beautifully written and we'll narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Julian Q.

    Some interesting facts, but a lot of unsupported and unsupportable conjectures, including a fair bit of downright silliness.

  • Anonymous

    Very interesting but a bit overwhelming ! The genius mind is is so difficult to understand!!!

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