Leonardo da Vinci

Born with incredibly versatile talent, Leonardo da Vinci was not only a gifted painter, but an inventor, anatomist, musician, architect, sculptor, engineer, genius, prophet and poet. He was also a fortifier and a town planner, a hydraulic engineer and an irrigator. He was fond of mathematics and mechanical problems, astronomy and cosmology, geology and paleontology, anatomy and botany, as well as optics and perspectives.

His contemporaries were upset with the fact that Master Leonardo was wasting his time on useless inventions instead of fully focusing on painting. His inability to devote himself to only one project led to long waiting periods before an order for a painting could be completed.

Leonardo was ambidextrous which means he was proficient at using both his left and right hands and they say he could write different texts with both hands at the same time. Leonardo wrote his famous diaries from right to left looking at the mirror reflection.

Leonardo’s long list of hobbies even included cooking and the art of serving as he was the master of ceremonies in Milan for 13 years. He also invented a couple of cooking utensils to ease the work of cooks.

Leonardo presented a project of the perfect city which included plans for a sewage system. Centuries later the authorities of London acknowledged it to be the perfect basis for further city development. Nowadays there still exists a bridge created by Leonardo da Vinci’s project city in Norway. The testing of the parachutes and hang gliders made from his schematics and drafts proved that the only shortfall in his designs was in the materials he used, which prevented him from ultimately achieving flight. In a Roman airport named after him there is a gigantic monument of the scientist with a helicopter model in his hands.

Creativity and Personality

  • Thomas Edison tried 1500 or 1700 different materials until he found the appropriate filament for a light bulb. When his assistant asked him what he thought about so many “failures” Edison replied, “Are they failures? Thanks to them we now know what filaments are inappropriate for bulbs.”
  • Babe Ruth, best known as “the Sultan of Swat”, is generally regarded as the greatest baseball player of all time and made the “New York Yankees” the iconic sports franchise it is today. He set a record by slugging 714 home runs during his 22 year career, more than the next two highest players combined at the end of his playing days. When Babe Ruth retired as the homerun king in 1935 the player with the most career strikeouts was… the same Babe Ruth! He struck out 1300 times during his career, nearly twice as many as his number of career home runs.
  • Philosopher Immanuel Kant always worked at the same time, lying in bed, and staring at a tower in an open window while wrapped up in blankets folded in a special way. Friedrich Schiller put rotten apples on his desk for better thinking about new ideas. Nikolai Lobachevsky contemplated nature on his way down to the river or walked in the garden to concentrate. Ludwig van Beethoven poured cold water on his head when looking for inspiration.

Creativity is Peculiar to People of Any Age:

  • Tony Aliengena learned to pilot a plane when he was 10 and performed an around-the-world flight using a sporting airplane when he was 11.
  • At the age of 80 Marion Hart crossed the Atlantic Ocean by herself within 15 hours.
  • Georg Friedrich Händel started writing music when he was 11.
  • At the age of 80 Guiseppe Verdi wrote the operatic comedy “Falstaff.”
  • Galileo Galilei made his first scientific observation when he was 17. When he was 71 Galileo discovered that the Earth revolves around the Sun.
  • The distinguished mathematician Carl Gauss was doing scientific research at the age of 15.
  • Michelangelo was in his 80s when he was finishing his sculpture composition in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
  • Goethe wrote “Faust” when he was 80.
  • Edwin Townsend did a parachute jump for the first time at the age of 89. Titian created his best paintings after he turned 80; he painted “Battle of Lepanto” at the age of 89.