200 Countries and 200 Years in 4 Minutes: The Joy of Stats [Video]

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We’re unabashed data geeks, so this four-minute presentation by health professor and statistician Hans Rosling on 120,000 pieces of human data worldwide over the past 200 years may have been more exciting to us than it should have been. But it’s helped by the nifty AR display and Rosling’s genuinely excited, sports announcer-like tone.

Rosling is Professor of Global Health at Stockholm’s prestigious Karolinska Institute and founder of the Gapminder Foundation. He’s a man who revels in the glorious nerdery of stats – and in The Joy of Stats he entertainingly explores the history of statistics, how statistics works mathematically, and how with statistics we can take the massive deluge of data of today’s computer age and use it to see the world as it really is – not just as we imagine it to be.

Rosling’s famous lectures use enormous quantities of public data to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development.

(BBC via BoYT)


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