Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Astounding Leonardo da Vinci

Via The Commentator and e-Talian

From the video:

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest geniuses of all time, and probably the most intelligent human that has ever lived.

He had an estimated IQ of 220

Albert Einstein - 160

Charles Darwin - 165

Galileo Galilei- 185

When he died in France in 1519 he left around 33,000 pages of unpublished notes to his student Francesco Melzi. Francesco looked after the notes as if they were his own. However, when Francesco died his son Orazio broke the notebooks up into individual pages and sold them to anyone that wanted them for next to nothing. The 600 pages of The Windsor Castle collection are worth approx 5 billion dollars.

His notes were subsequently scattered all over Europe and lost to the scientific community. The combination of Leonardo not publishing his notes & Orazio losing them has set science & humanity back at least 100 years. 6000 pages were found in the 20th century by which time his discoveries had been rediscovered, usually hundreds of years later.

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