Visualizing Data: 200 years in 4 minutes

Hans Rosling is a statistics rock star. He is able to take massive amounts of data and turn it into easily understood information. This slick 4 minute production shows 200 years of progress in 4 minutes. That’s pretty cool.

From YouTube notes:

More about this programme:
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.


You Don’t Understand Third World Problems

First World= Small Family and Long Life Expectancy by contrast, Third World= Large Family and Short Life Expectancy

In 1964, United States had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy and as we might expect, Viet Nam had Large Families and Short Life Expectancy. But things changed. In 2003, United States still had Small Families and Long Life Expectancy, but Viet Nam had caught up. In 2003, Viet Nam’s Family Size and Life Expectancy were identical to the U.S. Rates in 1974 at the end of the Viet Nam Conflict.

from TED, posted on the website