NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE, History of Medicine Division Seminar Wednesday December 17, 2008, 2-3:30pm Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg 38A, NLM Bethesda, MD

“Leonardo and the Unity of Art and Science.”

Dr. Bulent Atalay, University of Mary Washington

The speaker examines science through art, and art through science, and approaches the larger goal of achieving a synthesis of the two fields. The qualities of timelessness and universality in Leonardo’s miraculous works speak eloquently for themselves. With Leonardo’s model providing the unifying thread, however, it becomes possible, first, to glimpse Leonardo’s restless intellect, that extraordinary psyche; second, to see whence the ideas for his works of art came; and ultimately to appreciate his art at a different level. What also emerges is a timeless message: Leonardo’s model can assist in bridging the cultural divide prevailing in our age of specialization, and it can help make us all more creative.

All are Welcome

Note: The next history of medicine seminar will be on Wednesday, January 14, 2009 at 2-3:30pm in the Lister Hill Visitor Center, NLM’s Bldg 38A. Dr. Gail Kern Paster of the Folger Shakespeare Library will speak on “The Humor of It: Bodies, Fluids, and the History of Medicine in Shakespeare.”

Sign language interpretation is provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate may contact Stephen Greenberg at (301-435-4995), e-mail [email protected], or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Due to current security measures at NIH, off-campus visitors are advised to consult the NLM Visitors and Security website:

Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD Coordinator of Public Services History of Medicine Division National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services 301-435-4995 [email protected]