200 countries, 200 years, 120,000 data points, 4 minutes…

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…and a pretty sweet Minority Report-esque dynamic infographic (“infomotion?”), to boot. The point? The world today has more than its share of problems, but we can all be thankful it isn’t the world of 200 years ago.

The charming Swede is Hans Rosling—physician, statistician, and host of BBC 4’s The Joy of Stats. Pretty much everything about this video makes me happy, not least of all that the Brits have a TV program celebrating statistics itself. [Thanks, Dad!]

P.S. If you’re feeling cynical, check out the equally-cool-but-way-less-uplifting Animated Map of Nuclear Explosions, 1945-1998 by Isao Hashimoto.

2 thoughts on “200 countries, 200 years, 120,000 data points, 4 minutes…

  1. kerowhack says:

    here: http://www.gapminder.org/. This particular graph is “Wealth and Health of Nations”.You can select different countries and see how say, WWII affected the major combatants, or how colonies fared against their exploite- errr, colonizers. There are a few other data sets that I will have to spend more time playing around with as well. Now if only we could get more of this kind of stuff on US television instead of craptastic reality shows.

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