The video below is an excerpt from a BBC documentary published on Youtube last week, which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to change our understanding of world history.
It is presented by superstar Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online lectures have made him an international legend. Rosling is a man who revels in the impact of statistics, and here he entertainingly explores their history, how they work mathematically and how they can be used in today’s computer age to see the world as it really is, not just as we imagine it to be.
Rosling’s lectures use huge quantities of data to reveal the story of the world’s past, present and future development. Here he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers, in just four minutes.