Otto Neurath was a member of the legendary Vienna Circle and made his name as an economist and the inventor of isotype, the seminal iconic visual language. This book presents the first biography of this highly unorthodox intellectual and polymath.
American cultural historian William Johnston described Otto Neurath (1882 – 1945) as »one of the most neglected 20th century geniuses«. In this book, Günther Sandner sets out a comprehensive portrait of Neurath the dedicated enlightener and sceptical utopian, the man who worked as a sociologist and economist, pedagogue and philosopher of science as well as a museum director and filmmaker, yet still found time to be the »wittiest man in
Vienna«. The link that joined these seemingly incongruous elements of Neurath’s life was his political ommitment. He fought for the socialization of the economy in revolutionary Bavaria as well as in »Red Vienna«. Otto Neurath left the pictograms he devised during his exile in Holland and Great Britain to posterity, and isotype is still the definitive international pictorial language to this day.