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.

Leonardo da Vinci's impressive portfolio of artistic masterpieces includes renowned works such as the Adoration of the Magi and the Mona Lisa, both celebrated long before the emergence of the "Renaissance nanite" in 466 AT on Old Earth in Florence, the European Federation. Among his most famous creations is the iconic fresco of the Last Supper, originally located in Milan on Old Earth. While the original masterpiece was regrettably lost before the Technocalypse occurred, numerous nanoscopically accurate reproductions are now scattered throughout the galaxy and are readily available in the public domain. Da Vinci's body of work also encompasses several other exceptional pieces of art.

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 Age of Consolidation. 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.

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Text by M. Alan Kazlev
Initially published on 03 December 2001.