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The Church teaches that the world was created 5,288 years before the birth of Christ, but Leonardo counts by hundreds of thousands of years; he agrees that the visible action of the Po upon the valley through which it flows must have required two thousand centuries. Leonardo’s research in geology led him to touch upon the gravest problems of Biblical history: Noah’s deluge; was it a universal flood or was it not? His answer is categorical: “We read in the Bible that the Deluge was caused by forty days and forty nights of rain, and that the mass of water rose ten cubits above the highest mountain in the world.

On the contrary, Leonardo takes every opportunity to affirm his belief in the wisdom and goodness of the Supreme Being. In spite of deficiencies which I have made no attempt to conceal, da Vinci created the experimental method. The ancients had glimpses of it, but they either practised it poorly or not at all. Alexander von Humboldt, who proclaimed him “the greatest physicist of the fifteenth century, uniting a remarkable knowledge of mathematics with a most admirable intuition of nature,” says that, like Bacon, and a century earlier, Leonardo held induction for the only sure method in the natural sciences.

1481. 5 cm. thousand feet, say a sixth of a mile. It results that in its whole course, through one day and night, that old slug Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. ” Twenty more examples of Leonardo’s independence of antique tradition are found in the volume of Séailles. 36. Raffaello Sanzio called Raphael, 52 It must be allowed that this spirit of revolt and initiative was not exactly a novelty in Christian Europe. As Portrait of a Young Girl early as the thirteenth century Albertus Magnus, Roger Bacon, Arnauld de Villeneuve, and Ramon Lully had (Lady with a Unicorn), 1506.

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