200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats

Hans Rosling’s famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data with a sport’s commentator’s style to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never done before – using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section of ‘The Joy of Stats’ he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just four minutes. Plotting life expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.

6 Responses to 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes – The Joy of Stats

    • Gonzalo

      I agree with you. This is an amazing demonstration of changes in our economy and the effects of globalization. Even though we in the USA are suffering from financial problems, there has been great progress in the matters of good health and long life. Hans Rosling has done a masterful job of visualizing the changes for all of us.

  1. Watch out!!!! The X-scale is logarithmic, which changes completely the conclusions. The logarithmic scale makes the countries seem to be closer by the end of the presentations, but poor and rich are in true farther away than ever. One more: be very careful when interpreting statistics and do not let your eyes fool you. . .

  2. Vanya, I disagree entirely. Poor and rich are not farther away than ever, they are closer than ever thanks to globalism which is spreading the world's wealth across the globe.

    • Yes, globalism brings the worlds servant class even closer to the rich. I'm sure not going to call that "spreading the wealth". It is consolodation.

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