Throughout his lifetime Leonardo Da Vinci was an ardent observer of natural phenomena. He sought to explain these phenomena and to understand how the natural world works. Being an illegitimate child he was forced to educate himself independently and that helped him develop a scientific mind that was not subject to the religious, traditional, and unproved biases of his contemporaries. In order to understand the world he kept many notebooks to record his observations. They are now known as codices.
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