In this book, Fritjof Capra masterfully illustrates the botanical studies carried out by Leonardo over the course of his lifetime, demonstrating how his drawings have a solid “scientific” basis, capable of accurately representing a constantly evolving reality. From the observations to the careful illustrations of plants in his works, Leonardo provides fascinating insights to be reanalysed today from the perspective of the “science of details” which allowed the Renaissance genius to capture nature during its process of development.
Leonardo e la botanica - Un discorso sulla scienza della qualità is part of the collection International Lectures on Nature and Human Ecology. A series of editions that offer the possibility of focusing, with the help of scientists, naturalists and philosophers, on the system of relationships that links man and nature. It is, in fact, increasingly obvious that evolution is not possible without nature, and it is exactly in the context of the new science, qualitative and probabilistic, that the undeniable value of natural as opposed to synthetic production and genetic modification is strengthened. The purpose of this collection is to give voice to the avant-garde lines of thought that deal with these subjects in an international perspective. It intends to help us understand a little more of the relationship between our species and the environment in which we live and therefore to help blaze the trail towards a future different from what we now glimpse in the horizon.
Fritjof Capra Ph.D. physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California. He serves on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the United Kingdom, and in the council of Earth Charter International. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics (1975), The Turning Point (1982), The Web of Life (1996), The Hidden Connections (2002), The Science of Leonardo (2007), The systems view of Life (2014). For Aboca Edizioni he also wrote La botanica di Leonardo - Un discorso sulla scienza delle qualità (2008), Crescita qualitativa - Per un'economia ecologicamente sostenibile e socialmente equa (2013 - Ristampa 2016), Vita e natura - Una visione sistemica (2014) e Agricoltura e cambiamento climatico (2016).