L'anima di Leonardo. Un genio alla ricerca del segreto della by Fritjof Capra

By Fritjof Capra

L. a. scienza e l’“anima”, il corpo umano e i rilievi della crosta terrestre, il percorso vitale del sangue nelle vene e della linfa nelle piante: sono le corrispondenze di cui è intessuta l’opera di Leonardo, artista e scienziato, instancabile osservatore di una natura che amava moltissimo e in cui cercava le risposte a ciò che più lo affascinava: il mistero della vita. Fritjof Capra ci accompagna alla scoperta di un Leonardo sorprendente e poco conosciuto: l’uomo dall’immaginazione straordinaria che si cimentò in campi scientifici che all’epoca non avevano neppure un nome, dalla fluidodinamica all’anatomia e all’embriologia, con una passione e uno spirito che sarebbero rimasti ineguagliati nei secoli.

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His declaration was deliberately addressed not to any nation or government, but to the world’s peoples. Schweitzer was intent that his opposition to nuclear testing not be marred by appearing to take a political position in the Cold War tensions. 80 In his prepared statement, Schweitzer called on people around the world to rally together to demand an end to nuclear testing. “When public opinion has been created . . ” This kind of public opinion, Schweitzer argued, “stands in no need of plebiscites or of forming of committees to express itself.

In a sense, scientists would use public interest to regain control of their discipline. As Commoner recalled his conversation with Weaver in his letter to Condon, his friend and AAAS president (Weaver would succeed Condon as president at the end of 1953), he concluded by recommending that Condon use his presidency to appoint committees that would investigate scientists’ freedom of inquiry and support for science in general. ” Commoner even suggested that Condon and Weaver be members of the committee, but that younger members also be invited in order to reach out to the younger ranks.

87 In his open letter dated 25 April 1957, the day after the New York Times presented Schweitzer’s declaration to an American audience, Libby correctly recognized that concern over fallout was based on perceptions of risk, and set out to allay those concerns. “There is no question that excessive dosages of radioactive strontium can cause bone cancer and leukemia,” Libby conceded, but added that the average levels of exposure from testing were insignificant compared with natural radiations to which humans were exposed on a daily basis.

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