Tuesday 21 June 2011

The da Vinci Principle

If all human understanding about how to make deep and insightful observations in art and science were to be lost, and only one statement about how best to observe the world was preserved, the sentence that would contain the most information in the fewest words would be; Above all else, keep a notebook. 

This should probably be called the da Vinci principle, after that most famous observer Leonardo da Vinci (1452--1519). Leonardo has left us only about 15 paintings, but in excess of 13,000 pages of notes and drawings. Leonardo was nothing, if not a note taker.

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