Starships and ‘da Vincian Design’.

I’m a big fan of Leonardo da Vinci and recently I had the honour of visiting the Leonardo exhibit at the National Gallery in London. Although I had to queue for over four hours to get the tickets, the wait was truly worth it. I entered several rooms containing over 90 drawings and paintings by Leonardo or his apprentices. Leonardo is very famous for his many great paintings such as of ‘The Mona Lisa’ or ‘Portrait of a Woman’ or ‘Virgin of the Rocks’. But he is also famous for his many great investigations into science and engineering. What he achieved through the study of knowledge was the application of science to his art, making him one of the greatest artists that ever lived. I think it is at the fusion between the arts and the sciences where we come into our greatest. Many scientists such as Albert Einstein and Paul Dirac recognised that correct equations had a certain beauty or elegance about them, perhaps defined by their symmetry. Even the late Steve Jobs, founder of Apple, knew that the best way to create value in the twenty-first century was to connect creativity with technology, so he built an entire company from which the imagination could be combined with engineering, in a creative but useful way. (more…)