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Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium

Patrick Juola juola at mathcs.duq.edu
Fri Oct 2 08:56:49 EST 1998

In article <MPG.107d6c1b528bfd829899b8 at news.teleport.com>,
Larry Caldwell <larryc at teleport.com> wrote:
>In article <6uopa7$rc$1 at quine.mathcs.duq.edu>, juola at mathcs.duq.edu 
>> He also didn't *DO* anything with them.  I can't think of a single
>> one of the fields you mention in which there are any substantial
>> contributions made by Da Vinci, with the exception of painting, in
>> which he produced (at least) two acknowledged masterpieces.
>Leonardo was a pretty good painter, but that wasn't his contribution to 
>art.  He invented vanishing point perspective, which ruled western art 
>until Picasso demonstrated an alternative.

I don't believe this is the case; I believe that point perspective was
developed independently in a number of schools.

>You're right, though.  Leonardo may have been the most interesting person 
>to live in 1000 years, but he was far from the most influential.


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