When it comes to connecting art, science, and design, there can be no better inspiration than Leonardo da Vinci. He was the great genius of the Renaissance, who not only connected these three disciplines but fused them into a seamless whole in a unique synthesis that has not been equaled before, nor afterwards. I published a book, The Science of Leonardo, in ; and I have now written about three quarters of a second book, in which I go deeper into the various branches of his science. This has often prevented them from understanding its essential nature, which is that of a science of organic forms, of qualities, that is radically different from the mechanistic science of Galileo, Descartes, and Newton. The Empirical Method In Western intellectual history, the Renaissance marks the period of transition from the Middle Ages to the modern world. In the s, when the young Leonardo received his training as painter, sculptor, and engineer in Florence, the worldview of his contemporaries was still entangled in medieval thinking.
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While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group , founded in May by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics. Santa Cruz, U.
Berkeley , and San Francisco State University. The Tao of Physics asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge. After touring Germany in the early s, Capra co-wrote Green Politics with ecofeminist author Charlene Spretnak in He is fluent in German, English, French and Italian. The film is loosely based on his book, The Turning Point.
Capra advocates that Western culture abandon conventional linear thought and the mechanistic views of Descartes. Critiquing the reductionistic Cartesian view that everything can be studied in parts to understand the whole, he encourages a holistic approach. In The Web of Life, Capra focuses on systemic information generated by the relationships among all parts as a significant additional factor in understanding the character of the whole, emphasizing the web-like structure of all systems and the interconnectedness of all parts.
He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy located in Berkeley , California, which promotes ecology and systems thinking in primary and secondary education. Originally published by a small publisher with no budget for promotion, the book became a bestseller by word of mouth until it was picked up by a major American publishing house. It has now been published in 43 editions in 23 languages.
It begins by outlining and tracing the history of science and economics, highlighting the flaws in the Cartesian , Newtonian , and reductionist paradigms. Green Politics , co-authored by Charlene Spretnak , analyzes the rise of the Green Party in Germany and similar ecology-oriented political parties in other European countries. It has been published in 7 editions in 4 languages. Uncommon Wisdom describes dialogues and personal encounters between himself and the thinkers who helped to shape the theme of The Turning Point.
It has been published in 16 editions and 12 languages. The book explores parallels between ways of thinking in science and Christian theology.
It has been published in 10 editions in 7 languages. The Web of Life: A New Scientific Understanding of Living Systems starts from the conceptual framework presented in The Turning Point, summarizes the mathematics of complexity , and offers a synthesis of recent nonlinear theories of living systems that have dramatically increased our understanding of the key characteristics of life.
Capra makes extensive reference to the work of Humberto Maturana , Francisco Varela , Ilya Prigogine , Gregory Bateson and others in proposing a new, systems-based scientific approach for describing the interrelationships and interdependence of psychological, biological, physical, social, and cultural phenomena. The book has been published in 14 editions in 10 languages. The Hidden Connections extends the framework of systems and complexity theory to the social domain and uses the extended framework to discuss some of the critical issues of our time.
The book has been published in 7 editions in 5 languages. Learning from Leonardo: Decoding the Notebooks of a Genius , offers a glimpse into the works of the prescient thinker, Leonardo da Vinci , whose pioneering genius contributed to many scientific fields.
The Systems View of Life , co-authored by Pier Luigi Luisi , offers radical solutions to twenty-first century challenges by focusing on the connected world and examining life through its inextricably linked systems.
While at Berkeley, he was a member of the Fundamental Fysiks Group , founded in May by Elizabeth Rauscher and George Weissmann, which met weekly to discuss philosophy and quantum physics. Santa Cruz, U. Berkeley , and San Francisco State University. The Tao of Physics asserts that both physics and metaphysics lead inexorably to the same knowledge. After touring Germany in the early s, Capra co-wrote Green Politics with ecofeminist author Charlene Spretnak in
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