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Leonardo da Vinci’s many shortcomings made him human

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"Square a triangle." "Take a bath every Saturday." "Describe the tongue of the woodpecker."

These are some of the quirky entries Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) added to his to-do lists practically every day, according to "Leonardo da Vinci," a biography published in 2017 by American writer and journalist Walter Isaacson. (A Japanese translation was published from Bungeishunju Ltd. this past spring.)

A whopping 7,000 or so handwritten pages of these eclectic lists have been preserved to this day.

Leonardo received no formal education to speak of. But with his passionate........

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