Hans Rosling, RIP

I’ve got a heavy class schedule today, but I just saw the sad news that the great Swedish demographer and statistician Hans Rosling has died at the too early age of 68. He’s not called “the Jedi master of data” for nothing.

Among other great creations of his is Gapminder, where you can visualize all kinds of data. I’ve used the site a lot in the classroom with students to teach data analysis and especially trend analysis. You can find a lot of Rosling’s great short videos there.

I know I’ve shown this one before here, but it is my favorite. And special bonus: feminists don’t like it. It’s 11 minutes long, but worth every minute:

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