By Ethan Smith
December 13, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

Leonardo da Vinci

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Cracks about the creepy parallel between Leonardo’s unbounded desire to know about everything in the world and Bill Gates’ unbounded desire to own everything in the world notwithstanding, Leonardo da Vinci is a beautifully designed CD-ROM might actually make you appreciate the software magnate’s acquisitive nature. While the disc provides adequate accounts of the artist’s life and ideas, and glorious reproductions of his paintings, its centerpiece is the Codex Leicester, a 36-page hodgepodge of notes for a book of scientific observations that da Vinci never completed (and that Gates recently purchased). Employing an ingenious interface and high-quality scans, Leonardo provides instant translations and synopses of the otherwise unintelligible manuscript — an achievement of which the master surely would have approved. A

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