Hans Rosling does it again

The Joy of Stats: Combining Hans Rosling with Holographic Infographics
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It was only a matter of time before the mind-changing talk of Hans Rosling would find its way to the television medium. A reincarnation of this talk will be part of “The Joy of Stats“, a new television documentary that soon will appear at BBC. This documentary will explore various forms of data gathering and statistical analysis, such as a new application that mashes police department data with the city’s street map to show what crime is being reported street by street, house by house, in near real-time; and Google’s current efforts at the machine translation project.

In the 4-minute movie snippet available below, “superstar boffin Professor Hans Rosling” tells “the story of the world” in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers – in just 4 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.

While still absolutely great, his holographic stunts are not the same as the sports commentary spiel he did at the TED talk.


Nobody makes displaying numbers so alive as Hans Rosling. This trek through 200 years of numbers tells us much about our world. How much healthier the world is today is pretty astonishing.

Here is the video:

[Listening to: Odalisque from the album “Castaways and Cutouts” by The Decemberists]

One thought on “Hans Rosling does it again

  1. Ooh, pretty colors! Seriously, it’s a well done graphic, and presenting the statistics as an animated set let’s you see the different curves that countries took to reach the promised land of healthy and wealthy. Once again, it looks so simple in retrospect, like elegant math solutions.

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