This photo was taken earlier in March from a plane making its approach into Florence Airport. Close to 400 years ago, Leonardo da Vinci lived in this town. He would recognise the majestic Duomo and the contours of the land. If he could watch the plane descend towards the runway, he would know that his plans for flying machines had not just been realised but well and truly surpassed in the modern jet plane.
Why do we need to think about Leonardo?
He was arguably the greatest polymath of his age, working at the cutting-edge of science and art. He is a wonderful ambassador for the kind of learning promoted through STEM and STEAM (if we include the arts). We should celebrate his achievements when STEM returns from its sabbatical. -mjp