Leonardo da Vinci ranks as one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time. Drawing on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and on discoveries about da Vinci’s life and work from his own exhaustive research, acclaimed biographer, Walter Isaacson, has woven an engrossing narrative of an exhilarating mind and life. A true Renaissance man standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology, da Vinci combined in his work his interests in both art and science. Endlessly curious and creative, he peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers to understand muscle structure, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile on his Mona Lisa. He explored the math of optics and then, in his The Last Supper, showed how light produced illusions of changing perspectives. Walter Isaacson has recreated Leonardo as a complete human being, endlessly curious, creative, and joyful. We will read his Leonardo da Vinci (Simon & Schuster, 2017) and, learning from Leonardo's genius, perhaps in our discussions, we, too, can exhibit curiosity, careful observation, and playful imagination! No class on 11/28/19.