During the late 1800s, in German speaking countries, the Swiss botanist, Dr. Arnold Dodel-Port was the David Attenborough of his day. He made science popular. A huge part of his success was due to the Dodel-Port Atlas. Created in collaboration with his wife Carolina, between 1878 and 1893, he created the Dodel-Port Atlas, a series of 42 aesthetically beautiful botanical charts on plant systematics.
Professor of Botany at Zurich University, socialist freethinker & an avid supporter of Darwin’s theory of evolution, Dodel-Port found time (in the middle of writing & illustrating his Atlas) to write a book in support of his friend Charles Darwin’s (sacreligious at the time) theory of evolution, the provocatively titled, “Moses or Darwin? : a school problem for all friends of truth and progress” hit Europe’s bookshelves in 1889.
So let Mr. Dodel-Port guide your eyes around the beautifully complex, cornocopic micro-universe within plantlife.