Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was a man of varied interests and talents. In fact, it’s difficult to imagine a topic that did not fire da Vinci’s imagination. At 14, da Vinci was apprenticed to an artist in Florence. He eventually opened his own studio, then moved to Milan where he painted The Last Supper. He also took on projects in engineering and architecture for the Duke of Milan and illustrated a book on mathematical proportions while in Milan. By 1500, da Vinci was back in Florence, focusing his interests on mathematics and science. His studies in fluids in motion took place at this time.
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