da Vinci, Leonardo
Old Earth Italian Renaissance painter, sculptor, architect, musician, engineer, mathematician, scientist, and inventor, considered a natural superbright, and the supreme example of Renaissance genius.

He depicted in his drawings and detailed sketches, subjects ranging from flying machines to caricatures; he also executed intricate anatomical studies of people, animals, and plants. The richness and originality of intellect expressed in his notebooks reveal one of the greatest pre-singularity minds. Among his concepts were the helicopter, the parachute, the submarine, the armored car, the ballista (a giant crossbow), rapid-fire guns, the centrifugal pump (designed to drain marshes), ball bearings, the worm gear (a set of gears in which many teeth make contact at once, reducing the strain on the teeth, allowing more pressure to be put on the mechanism), and many other ideas that were centuries ahead of his time. His many artistic masterpieces include the Adoration of the Magi, the Mona Lisa (both renowned long before the outbreak of the "Renaissance nanite" in Florence, European Union, 2435), his famous fresco of the Last Supper (originally Milan, Old Earth - Although the original was destroyed even before the Technocalypse hit, a number of nanoscopically accurate reproductions can be found throughout the galaxy and are available as public domain), and a number of other great works.

Leonardo has often been held up as the perfect su, even before the first Homo superior; and a number of su clades sought to emulate and even surpass him long before a reasonable facsimile of his genome was cloned by Historical Perfection Corporation in the early Empires period. Today, perfect replicas of all of Leonardo's surviving works are kept at Medici Orbital Ring, Alexandria (Negentropy Alliance), and free templates are available for download.

Although Leonardo is often identified with the syndrome that bears his name, in fact many su that do not possess any da Vinci genome also suffer from LDVS.
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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 03 December 2001.