LEONARDO DA VINCI SERIES
According to biophysicist and fullerene researcher Djuro Koruga, "The Law of Golden section is the basic law of Nature, because it gives the most harmonious relation among the elements of Nature and also their relation toward Nature on the whole." Four great figures in history are identified with the Golden Mean: the mathematician Leonardo Pisano Fibonnaci who identified its mathematical series (known as the "Fibonacci series"), the artist Piero della Francesca who applied it first to art in his geometric perspective, the mathematician/geometer Fra Luca Pacioli who devoted a treatise to its virtues, and Leonardo da Vinci who illustrated this Pacioli treatise and memorialized the sheer elegance of the Golden Mean in many of his masterworks.
This is the second of
two Porcelainia series celebrating the works of two great Renaissance men, Buckminster
Fuller and Leonardo da Vinci, artist/scientists who are linked in spirit and
separated only through time. The amazing chemical element, buckminsterfullerene
and its biological sister, clathrin, share a mysterious elemental strength and
flexibility in their icosahedral symmetry. The unification of both in the future
of biotechnology and nanotechnology are now being studied by Stuart Hameroff,
Roger Penrose, Djuro Koruga, Richard Smalley and a host of others.