By Allen M. Hornblum
At a time of elevated curiosity and renewed surprise over the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, Acres of dermis sheds gentle on another darkish episode of yank clinical heritage. during this worrying reveal, Allen M. Hornblum tells the tale of Philadelphia's Holmesburg legal.
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What distinguishes Leonardo was not the method he used to approach the nature of water flow, but the fact that he considered these things worth studying in the first place: not that he was obsessive in drawing up his lists, but in the object of his obsession. Ac a de mie s of S e c re ts 27 Leonardo was also set apart from the scholastics by having Neoplatonic sympathies. Thinking about the behaviour of the seas and skies and the circulation of water between them, he was constantly aware of the relationship that Renaissance champions of this ancient tradition perceived between the macrocosm and the microcosm: it was more than metaphor when he called rivers the ‘blood of the earth’.
For one thing, his experimental programme is incontinent: an outpouring of questions, apparently listed simply in the order in which they popped into his head. This is merely a ledger of phenomena, uncontained by any fundamental hypothesis about how nature behaves. * Rather, if Leonardo had been at liberty * The flow of liquids can be expressed mathematically by the so-called Navier-Stokes equation, devised in the late nineteenth century, which is essentially an expression of Isaac Newton’s second law of motion applied to the liquid everywhere at once.
Ficino was not only one of the foremost scholars of the Italian Renaissance, but a priest, a doctor and a musician, entertaining Bishop Campano with Orphic hymns on the lyre just as Leonardo’s performances later enthralled the Duke of Milan. Despite his short stature and slight stammer, Ficino made an impression of grace and refinement on all who met him, aided no doubt by his angelic wavy golden locks, his relaxed temperament and reputed ability to procure the finest wines. Because Leonardo was in Florence as an apprentice in the workshop of Verrocchio while Ficino was active in the city, it is tempting to Ac a de mie s of S e c re ts 31 imagine that he may have acquired his Neoplatonism from, as it were, the horse’s mouth.