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What Designers Can Learn From Leonardo, an Ingenious Artist, Scientist and Engineer

  • H.-J. Franke
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Abstract

Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest geniuses of humanity. Like no-one before and surely no-one since, he combined nearly all the knowledge and many abilities of his time, having brilliant ideas and concepts for the future. Leonardo’s special thinking and methods correspond with the work of designers and scientists, helping them towards greatness. Some conclusions are given on useful learnings from Leonardo. His works and abilities as an artist, (natural) scientist and engineer are discussed: we can still learn from his thinking and methods.

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Acknowledgments

I have known Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr.-Ing. e.H. Herbert Birkhofer for more than 36 years. He is a good friend, a helpful colleague and an internationally recognized expert. For the following years I wish him and his wife health and luck, always good ideas and more time for his family and his hobbies.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • H.-J. Franke
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  1. 1.TU BraunschweigBrunswickGermany

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