When we type the word “Leonardo” in Google, the undisputed results are “Leonardo DiCaprio” and “Leonardo Da Vinci”. Leonardo DiCaprio is an A-lister of our generation, but Leonardo Da Vinci was a universal Renaissance Man, and believed that all things in nature were governed by math.
Even when Leonardo learned the language of mathematics, he preferred to express his thoughts through his art. His search for mathematical solutions can be seen through his artwork and rough drawings. Leonardo Da Vinci wasn’t the only person that used drawings to calculate math. Drawing was possibly how some ancient civilizations calculated mathematical precisions in their constructions, which is exhibited in the Egyptian pyramids.
Many things can be observed about Leonardo’s method of learning. He wrote things down. He entertained his curiosity through writing and drawing. Students that lack confidence in math think that they are only good at mathematics if they can “do it their head”. Not true! Some of history’s greatest thinkers–Albert Einstein, Leonard Da Vinci, and Sir Issac Newton–made great discoveries by writing down their thoughts and theories–not by computing numbers in their heads.
Students must be encouraged to learn like Leo. There is power in writing things down:
1) Writing helps your memory
2) Writing help you work through problems faster and easier
3) Writing helps you create goals and find ways to reach them
4) Writing encourages creative thinking
Today’s students can reach success in mathematics through writing. There is power in the pencil!!