Time Magazine: Man of the Millennium
Beast of Bourbon
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Mon Sep 28 03:44:58 EST 1998
On 27 Sep 1998 10:33:26 GMT, joecosby at mixqam.seatac.net (Joe Cosby) wrote:
>> Gold: da Vinci
>Maybe my history is weak, I don't really know all that
>much about the life of da Vinci.
>But did he really have any -effect- on the world around
>He has always seemed to be a fascinating genius, and to
>embody the knowledge of his time, but did anything he
>did ever lead to other things in turn?
>He strikes me as a synthecist; making fascinating
>-applications- of knowledge as it existed in his time,
>but he doesn't seem to have really advanced anything
>-novel-, at least not in any influential way.
Then you're limiting the scope of the "award" to one's influence on
technological advancement. I'm being a bit more free in my considerations.
Leonardo da Vinci is the supreme example of the creative potential of a human
being. His was "the most compulsive curiosity ever recorded," in the words of
He displayed mastery, or did extensive studies, of many fields and trades:
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