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Fritjof Capra: Learning from Leonardo

“In my view, what we need today is exactly the kind of science that Leonardo da Vinci outlined 500 years ago.” One hundred years before Galileo and Bacon, Leonardo single-handedly developed a new empirical approach, involving the systematic observation of nature, reasoning, and mathematics – in other words, the main characteristics of what is known today as the scientific method. However, Leonardo’s systematic studies of living and non-living forms amounted to a science of quality and wholeness – fundamentally different from the mechanistic science of Galileo and Newton.

Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. Fritjof is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Web of Life and The Hidden Connections. His most recent book, The Science of Leonardo , was published in paperback in 2008.

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