Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history: The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But, in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering. With a passion that sometimes become obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, established him as history's most creative genius.
Now, Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him. His combination of science, art, technology and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity. So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted and, at times, heretical. His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and in our children, not just received knowledge, but also a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think differently.