# Mathematician:Leonardo da Vinci

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## Mathematician

Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

Variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture.

Widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time.

Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank.

## Nationality

Italian

## History

- Born: 15 April 1452 in Vinci, Republic of Florence (now Italy)
- Died: 2 May 1519 in Amboise, Kingdom of France

## Writings

- 1490:
*Codex Atlanticus* - c.1505:
*Codex on the Flight of Birds*

- 1632:
*Treatise on Painting*

Many unpublished notebooks

## Also known as

His full name is **Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci**. **di ser Piero** is an indication of his parentage, while **da Vinci** indicates his birthplace.

He is properly referred to by his given name **Leonardo**.

## Sources

- John J. O'Connor and Edmund F. Robertson: "Leonardo da Vinci": MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

- 1986: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 1991: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Geometry*... (previous) ... (next): A Chronological List Of Mathematicians - 1997: David Wells:
*Curious and Interesting Numbers*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): A List of Mathematicians in Chronological Sequence - 2014: Christopher Clapham and James Nicholson:
*The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Mathematics*(5th ed.) ... (previous) ... (next): Entry:**Leonardo da Vinci**(1452-1519)