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Cracking Da Vinci’s Code On Tree Growth

Leonardo da Vinci certainly had an eye for detail – and a brain to match. Among his many musings was a theory that a tree’s branches grow in mathematical proportion to the diameter of its trunk. A French researcher now says he has the math to prove Da Vin

You do the math... (stephi2006)
You do the math... (stephi2006)
Sara Bovio

In winter, the sight of trees left bare after its leaves have fallen can leave some feeling gloomy. But for Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci, the view was a source of inspiration, which eventually led him to formulate a theory about the relationship between the size of a tree's truck and the combined measure of its branches.

Now, for the first time, a French researcher says he has come up with a scientific explanation for Da Vinci's 500-year-old theory.

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Mariateresa Fichele

Fifteen years ago, Francesco kept busy by scamming people. He was a regular visitor to the beaches of Terracina, south of Rome, where he was caught several times selling counterfeit Ray-Ban sunglasses. Then came the drugs, which fed a serious substance-induced psychosis and eventually he tested positive for HIV.

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