Featuring Kahn: Understanding the World

Nov 9, 2014

The illustration “Animal Clock” from the Fritz Kahn publication Das Buch der Natur (The Book of Nature) is the opening visual of the brand new book Understanding the World (TASCHEN, 2014). The hefty, four kilogram volume, subtitled The Atlas of Infographics, features more than 280 artworks that explain how the world works, from a 19th century bar chart of Earth’s highest mountains, to a 2012 information graphic on how to wear a kilt. Author Sandra Rendgen and editor Julius Wiedemann included further Kahn images showing the “male and female sex apparatus” (Unser Geschlechtsleben, 1937) and his vision of a manned space rocket (Berliner Morgenpost, 1933).