View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks Online and Go Inside the Mind of a Genius

Thanks to the British Library, we can go inside the mind of a genius and peruse Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks. The first true Renaissance Man, Da Vinci not only painted the Mona Lisa, but was a master inventor who is sometimes credited with creating the parachute and helicopter. And, to top it all off, he wrote his notes backward, in mirror image from right to left.

Who wouldn’t want to understand more about what this master of painting, drawing, engineering, and mathematics was thinking? Now you can flip through 570 pages of his notebook The Codex Arundel. Works of art themselves, the pages date from 1480 to 1518, and are a fascinating glimpse into Da Vinci’s process. Interestingly, for a man so in tune with technology, the artist never attempted to publish his notebooks during his lifetime. Instead, they were left to his pupil Francesco Melzi and individual sheets have since been dispersed among wealthy collectors, many ending up in museum collections.

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Kabul’s one remaining Jew

Afghanistan’s Jewish minority currently consists of one single Jewish man. But the nation on the Hindu Kush has a unique Jewish history that has been largely forgotten after years of conflict. 

There was once a young man who fell in love with his neighbour. He was Muslim, she was Jewish. What might have been an obstacle to some people was not an impediment in this case. They got together and announced their intention to marry. The father of the girl was against the idea, but was careful not to show it. One day, the girl disappeared. Her father, it was said, had sent her on a journey. After weeks and months had gone by, the boy set out to find the girl. Thanks to his wealthy family he was able to travel the entire world, but he did not find his love.

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