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Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist



Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist
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     challenging words:    investigation, aerodynamics, self-taught, gruesome, medieval, dripping, teaching, astronomy, superstitious, supplement, realistic, sketch, schooling, theory, geology, extreme
     content words:    Scientific Method, Mona Lisa, Last Supper


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Leonardo da Vinci - Scientist
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Leonardo da Vinci had no patience for superstitious, medieval ways of explaining things. When he wanted to know something, he used his own powers of observation.
 
2     He respected and studied the writings of ancient scholars, but he also relied on what he could see with his own two eyes. This gave Leonardo da Vinci a lot in common with modern day scientists. Maybe his method of scientific investigation will sound familiar to you.
 
3     Observation was the most important step in Leonardo's method. When he wanted to learn how something worked, he observed it. For example, when he wanted to learn about flight, he observed the wings of birds in motion.
 
4     He didn't make his observations just once, but over and over again. He believed that repeated observations were necessary in order to gain good scientific information. His repeated observations of rocks led him to the theory that rocks can be formed from the minerals in dripping water. He also observed that water can have the opposite effect - it can erode rock away. Observations like these must have required many careful sessions of observing.

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