How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day

Michael J. Gelb, Author, Michael J. Gelb, Preface by Delacorte Press $27 (336p) ISBN 978-0-385-32381-9
Founder and president of the High Performance Learning Center, Gelb, in seminars and workshops and now in this book, offers ""the Seven Da Vincian Principles"" for learning how to approach life like a genius. He uses Leonardo's native Italian language to label these principles: ""curiosita"" (curiosity and continuous learning), ""dimostrazione"" (learning from experience), ""sensazione"" (sensory awareness), ""sfumato"" (accepting and embracing uncertainty), ""arte/scienza"" (balancing art and science, or ""whole-brain"" thinking), ""corporalita"" (physical fitness and ambidexterity) and ""connessione"" (seeing the interconnectedness of everything). Gelb provides discussion of each principle in relation to Leonardo's work, questions for reader ""self-assessment,"" exercises and even notes for parents to apply the principles to child-rearing and teaching. His view reflects the current trend in working with ""multiple intelligences"" and creativity, and is similar to the approach outlined in Todd Siler's Think Like a Genius (1997). The Renaissance mood Gelb successfully invokes, however, adds a unique richness to this deeper, more expansive work. Illustrations. Editor, Tom Spain; agent, Muriel Nellis. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 08/03/1998
Release date: 08/01/1998
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