CODALeonardo’s Legacy

I argued in the Prologue to this book that Leonardo’s greatest legacy to us may be his systemic thinking, together with his deep respect for nature and for life. In his mind, the two were closely connected. To gain knowledge about a natural phenomenon, for him, meant connecting it with other phenomena through a similarity of patterns; and such systemic knowledge he also saw as the basis for love. “For in truth,” he asserted, “great love is born of great knowledge of the thing that is loved.”1

Today, it is becoming increasingly evident that systemic thinking is critical to solve our major global problems; yet our sciences ...

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