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200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes

Hans Rosling is a Swedish professor with a penchant for statistics and sword-swallowing (it says so on Wikipedia). And in an episode of “The Joy of Stats” on BBC Four the charismatic Rosling, with the help of some computer boffins, shows the life expectancy of people plotted against their income. He does this for 200 countries over the last two centuries using 120,000 numbers, and he does this all in four minutes, stopping at important junctures in the history of our world. Statistic is made that much more interesting and informative when it involves CGI and augmented reality. Check it out below.

Pretty neat, eh? Rosling also helped to create Gapminder, a Flash application that shows statistical data in the form of interactive bubble charts. Have a look at the data from the above video on Gapminder. If you’re on Twitter, you can follow Rosling.

[via Blyzz616 on Twitter]