Bill Gates' 60 Minutes preview shows his $30 million da Vinci notebook

Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates, continues to show up on television doing interviews. Earlier this week, he appeared on CNBC where, among other things, he defended Windows 8 and the Surface tablet. On Sunday night, he is the subject of a new feature on CBS's long running show 60 Minutes.

CBS has posted up a preview of the feature, which has a quick tour of Gates' personal office. The centerpiece is an 500 year old notebook, the Codex Leicester, from famed inventor, scientist and artist Leonardo da Vinci. The 72 page notebook, which goes over da Vinci's observations on several scientific themes, was bought by Gates back in 1994 for $30.8 million. It remains the most expensive piece of manuscript ever bought.

In the video feature, Gates says that he takes inspiration from da Vinci, stating that he was a person who constantly tried to push himself to learn more about the world around him, with no one else providing any kind of feedback. In another part of the video preview, Gates' DVD collection is shown, but instead of copies of Die Hard or even Star Trek TV episodes, he has hundreds of hours of advanced college courses to watch; not bad for a person who dropped out of Harvard.

The full 60 Minutes feature on Bill Gates will air on Sunday at 7 pm Eastern time on CBS.

Source: CBS News

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DaveGreen93 said,
When it said Notebook I thought it was the laptop kind. Silly me..

Nerd. LOL. I thought the same thing. Was ready to write that a Chromebook Pixel is much cheaper.

Da Vinci was a genius but im always prefer Michelangelo.

Da Vinci = Reed Richard.
Michelangelo = Tony Stark ;-)

Brony said,
Da Vinci was a genius but im always prefer Michelangelo.

Da Vinci = Reed Richard.
Michelangelo = Tony Stark ;-)

DaVinci was a brilliant man. Too bad he never focused on one thing. He always moved from painting to sculpting to science to medicine. Imagine if he just focused on one thing only?

I know, but it would be nice to be able to see things like these online. It's part of the collective past. This stuff -should- be available to all to watch, study, read etc.

0nyX said,
For a split second i thought it was Da Vinci;s laptop (notebook)

Yeah I was like, "Da Vinci laptop? Wai...What????"

tytytucke said,
A man can have a brain full of ideas, but that knowledge is useless until it is used.

Someone had Chinese tonight. All my fortune cookie read was, "Help! I am being held prisoner in a Chinese bakery." And some weird looking lotto numbers 43°10′N 124°22′E

Okay, I get it. My comment was lame and uncreative. I was just expressing that Bill should apply that knowledge he has gained and put it to good use. Yes the bill and melinda gates foundation is great; but is he really making a world of difference? Will he ever be compared to Da Vinci?

tytytucke said,
Okay, I get it. My comment was lame and uncreative. I was just expressing that Bill should apply that knowledge he has gained and put it to good use. Yes the bill and melinda gates foundation is great; but is he really making a world of difference? Will he ever be compared to Da Vinci?

Not sure where you think I meant it was lame and uncreative. But let me answer your question with a question, why does he need to be compared to Da Vinci? He will be compared to Steve Jobs.

I must of misinterpreted your reply. Well I was comparing Bill to Da Vinci just to show the differences in how great they where and how long they will be remember. In 100 years I don't believe Bill or steve will be well known like Thomas Edison. Really, they help make computers what they are today, but they didn't create something new, they only made it better. I just think they will be known as another great ceo that did some great things for the time. Nothing revolutionary; just making good consumer products.

I think the average person in 60 years will have to look up the name Bill gates or Steve jobs to know who they are.

Does anyone know who Peter Carl Goldmark is? inventor of the color Tv! He made a better TV. I would be surprised if anyone knew who invented the cell phone, riding mower, Smoke detector, etc... These are all common consumer products that we take for granted and none of use really know who invented them.

No disrespect to the great inventors over the years but who really cares who invented what. Not many do, those who do have some short of reason they do (fans of product, etc.)

Bill and Steve are great now, but they are only so popular now because they where CEOs of great company's. People remember Steve going on stage with his black shirt and blue jeans talking about some of the biggest and most popular consumer products of our time. Not because he helped make those consumer products. He was a rock star, he is an idol. People loved seeing him, his complexion and everything about him. He was a cool hippie that made it big. That's why they are making a movie about him. That's why people know him so well.

Sorry I went overboard, but that is passionate writing right there. I didn't want to stop.
Please don't take my reply in the wrong way. I will be posting my reply in a thread to get feedback.

naap51stang said,
And he still can't release an OS that won't BSOD LOL.
(seriously, win7 has yet to bsod for me)

I haven't had a BSOD since Windows XP... and if I ever ran across one, it was almost always memory or video driver related

naap51stang said,
And he still can't release an OS that won't BSOD
I'm sorry, I didn't realise Bill Gates was working for Microsoft again.

Who in his right mind is going to use windows 8 metro crap. The most Gates can do is to install start8 and boot directly in to desktop. By the way, I am not sure If Gates could read that language as it does not seems to be in English. Oh well, what to do when you have more money than you can ever spend. Good for him.

JHBrown said,
Geeks use Windows 7. Amateurs use Windows 8 to help guide them along.

Geeks use whatever OS they want to use, regardless of what some incorrect internet commenter says.

JHBrown said,
Geeks use Windows 7. Amateurs use Windows 8 to help guide them along.

I am a geek and I use windows 8 though I admit I have start 8 installed

Da Vinci, the original innovator in a modern time... I bet if he was alive today he'd of held more patents then anyone

neufuse said,
Da Vinci, the original innovator in a modern time... I bet if he was alive today he'd of held more patents then anyone

"he would've held"

"he'd of" is an especially bizarre corruption of some kind of double contraction ... "he'd've." It works fine when spoken, but not at all when written.

neufuse said,
Da Vinci, the original innovator in a modern time... I bet if he was alive today he'd of held more patents then anyone

He probably would come out of the closet and have an iPad.

smot said,

"he would've held"

"he'd of" is an especially bizarre corruption of some kind of double contraction ... "he'd've." It works fine when spoken, but not at all when written.

regional dialect....... we say he'd of a lot no reason to pick on grammar... I mean common we say "Yinz" a lot around here too.... it's not even a word

neufuse said,

regional dialect....... we say he'd of a lot no reason to pick on grammar... I mean common we say "Yinz" a lot around here too.... it's not even a word

Just because a lot of (ignorant) people do something does not make it correct.

Fred 69 said,

Just because a lot of (ignorant) people do something does not make it correct.

This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.

There's ain't nothing ignorant about understanding, Xcept when ya don't.