Discusses and illustrates why three crucial aspects of Leonardo da Vinci's life -- his illegitimate birth, his left-handedness, and his homosexuality -- drove an ordinary man to make extraordinary contributions in art, science, engineering, design, and philosophy. The author shows how many of his 15th century contributions still have relevance to the 21st century and why Leonardo's abiding belief that "every difficulty can be overcome by effort" is a lesson we need to instil in students of today. As one reviewer noted: "You have made me a believer (and so will) just about anyone else who reads what you have written..."
Godfrey Harris has been a public policy consultant based in Los Angeles, California, since 1968. He began consulting after serving as a university lecturer, U.S. Army intelligence officer, U.S. foreign service officer with the Department of State, an organisational specialist in President Lyndon Johnsons Executive Office, and as a program manager for an international financial company in Geneva. In all of these positions, Harris has been called upon to develop original ideas to solve problems or take advantage of new situations. As President of Harris/Ragan Management Group, Harris has focused the firms activities on projects that offer alternative solutions to matters of community concern. He holds degrees from Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles.