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Posted on March 19, 2012

Portrait of Bulent Atalay.Dr. Bulent Atalay is a scientist, an artist, a best-selling author and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Leonardo da Vinci.

In fact, Smithsonian Magazine, NPR and PBS all have described Atalay as a “modern Renaissance man.”

A regular speaker at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Geographic Society and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Atalay will give a special presentation at 11 a.m. March 29 in Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre.

Appearing in conjunction with the ongoing exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion, he will discuss da Vinci’s artworks, inventions and ideas with school groups and members of the Cal U community. The public may attend.

Atalay teaches university courses in physics and quantum mechanics, and he travels the world as a lecturer, photographer and artist. The author of Math and the Mona Lisa and Leonardo’s Universe, among many other works, he also blogs for National Geographic.

As a lecturer, Atalay regularly speaks not only to scientists, scholars and arts professionals, but also to students at high schools near his home in Virginia. He especially enjoys exploring the connections between science and the arts.

Read more about Dr. Bulent Atalay.

View “Leonardo’s Model,” a lecture by Dr. Bulent Atalay.