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Show: MV Group Documentaries
Season: 1 Episode: 6
Released: 24th Dec 2010
Filesize: 357.44 MB
Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy explores the stories behind some of the most familiar scientific diagrams.
He looks at the Vitruvian Man, Leonardo da Vinci's diagram of the perfect human body, which has many layers from anatomy to architecture, and defines our species like no other drawing. Drawn in the 1480s in Milan, it synthesises Leonardo's passions for anatomy, for the mechanics of the human body and for geometry. It is also full of surprises, illustrating an ancient architectural riddle set out 1,500 years earlier.