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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Hans Rosling RIP

Last month Hans Rosling, the man who made statistics sing and dance, died in Sweden.  I've posted some of his TED talks here at the Flophouse.   Not only was a great speaker but his way of presenting data made it accessible to anyone.  And I adored the way he put statistics in perspective - what Braudel called the longue durée.  Using statistics from the 19th century to the present, he showed how things evolved in the hope of correcting misconceptions about the world we live in now.  It was a worthy goal and I think he succeeded beautifully. 

In 2015 Rosling gave a presentation in Singapore.  Like all his other presentations, it is brilliant and funny.  "Numbers are boring," he said, "People are interesting."  Amen to that.





6 comments:

Anonymous said...

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/09/2017-02699/quarterly-publication-of-individuals-who-have-chosen-to-expatriate-as-required-by-section-6039g

Victoria FERAUGE said...

Wow. That is quite a list. Thank you for the link.

Andrew said...

Also a great fan of Rosling.

LarryC said...

Good to see your postings again. Been a few years? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Just thought you'd want to see Boris Johnson's renunciation.

Victoria FERAUGE said...

Hey Larry. Good to see you again, too. Been a bit busy but glad to be back.

Yes, anonymous, I did see that good old Boris is down to one citizenship. Given his role in Brexit, kinda glad he's out for good. :-)