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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leonard Shlain Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781491529812
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Bestselling author Leonard Shlain explores the life, art, and mind of Leonardo Da Vinci, seeking to explain his singularity by looking at his achievements in art, science, psychology, and military strategy, and then employing state-of-the-art left-right brain scientific research to explain his universal genius. Shlain shows that no other person in human history has excelled in so many different areas as Da Vinci and he peels back the layers to explore the how and the why.

Shlain asserts that Leonardo’s genius came from a unique creative ability that allowed him to understand and excel in a wide range of fields. From here Shlain jumps off and discusses the history of and current research on human creativity that involves different modes of thinking and neuroscience. The author also boldly speculates on whether or not the qualities of Leonardo’s brain and his creativity presage the future evolution of the human species.

Leonardo’s Brain uses Da Vinci as a starting point for an exploration of human creativity. With his lucid style, and his remarkable ability to discern connections in a wide range of fields, Shlain brings the reader into the world of history’s greatest mind.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By exploring Leonardo Da Vinci’s brain through the lens of contemporary neuroscience, Leonard Shlain not only celebrates Da Vinci’s legendary creativity, he shows how we can integrate and strengthen both sides of our minds and tap into the amazing possibilities within ourselves.”

    Arianna Huffington, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “This book is a gift from the heavens where Leonard Shlain is today and another bright example of his force and spirit shining through the prism of the mind of Leonardo Da Vinci.”

    Norman Lear, Emmy Award-winner

  • “Shlain succeeds in keeping Leonardo’s Brain accessible and enjoyable. It is intellectual while remaining conversational and is certainly unlike the many, many other books written about da Vinci.”

    Civil Engineering magazine

  • “Shlain applies modern neuroscience to probe one of history’s most innovative brains and uses da Vinci as a lens through which to view the broader issues of brain organization, creativity, and consciousness.”

    Scientist magazine

  • “Along with his beautiful sonority, Grover Gardner’s artistry with pitch and tone variations makes this excellent book a melodic kaleidoscope of big ideas, fascinating biographical tidbits, and startling insights…Shlain’s forays into anthropology, the arts, and even quantum physics make this a most engaging neuroscience book and an often touching portrait of one of history’s creative giants. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “An enthusiastic mixture of history, neuroscience, and pop psychology…In this study of the great polymath, surgeon and bestselling author Shlain…proceeds to deliver a fine overview of brain function and the psychology of creativity…He has written an entertaining mixture of facts and speculation on one of history’s immortals.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Shlain’s ability to synthesize not only information but also genuine wisdom across multiple and disparate disciplines was extraordinary.”

    Al Gore, praise for the author

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
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