Gapminder: Global Statistics visualized


Hans Rosling presents global statistics with the gusto of a sports announcer. A statistician and medical doctor, the Swedish Rosling earned his Ph.D. in 1986 by researching a paralytic disease, Konzo, which he discovered while working as a District Medical Officer in Nacala, Mozambique. From then on he’s been fascinated with statistics and the study of poverty.  Many of his lectures floating around the net are technologically advanced graphical representations of economic development, life expectancy, birthrates and geographical trends starting at the dawn of the industrial revolution through to the present day. Often short of a deeper analysis regarding the negative and oppressive attributes of capitalism, his statistical presentations are still eye-opening and a useful  tool in breaking many myths perpetuated by party politics. [youtube]jbkSRLYSojo[/youtube]

Rosling developed his style of statistical presentation when he co-founded the Gapminder Foundation together with his son Ola Rosling and daughter-in-law Anna Rosling Rönnlund. What made his animations possible was the development of the Trendalyzer software, which he has up on his website free for anyone who’s interested to download. If you have any interest in long-term trends and the rise ofeconomies such as China and India I suggest doing so. It will at least be an entertaining way to kill some time.