Codex Leicester or Codex Hammer refers to a compilation of texts and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci that were collected between 1508 and 1510. It deals with a wide variety of topics, including studies in Astronomy, Meteorology, Hydraulics, Cosmology, Geology , Paleontology and among other scientific and technical studies. Some of the scriptures feature autobiographical texts and travel stories backed by excellent illustrations and drawings. The designation of Hammer refers to the fact that the document has a distinct artistic and historical importance, in addition to having once belonged to a family of the same name for several years. The codex was later titled Count of Leicester, by Thomas Coke who had bought it in 1717. Of the 30 scientific publications of Leonardo, Codex is considered the most famous of all.

This codex was acquired by Bill Gates (founder of Microsoft) in the amount of $ 30,802,500 at the Christie's auction house in New York on 11 November 1994. The document was on display at EXPO'98 in Lisbon.

The manuscript, preserved in the British Museum of London, includes notebooks with various contents, compiled by Leonardo in the last phase of his life, returning to the theme of water, and he even expressed the intention to approach the theme in a volume that he intended to give the title of "First Book of Water."

It comes in the form of 18 double sheets or in 72 pages in the format of 21.8 x 29.5 centimeters. Its contents give an overview of this artist, scientist and Renaissance thinker. It is an extraordinary representation of the relationship between art and science, as well as creativity in the scientific process.

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