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Swedish doctor dazzles audience with a spectacular futuristic display of our rapidly changing world

Professor Hans Rosling and his moving hologram illustrates the health, wealth and population of the planet

No 1242 Posted by fw, January 28, 2015

Following a brief introduction and samples of reviewers’ praise, an embedded video of Dr Rosling’s brilliant 59-minute video presentation is below. Prepare to be dazzled. Prepare to have your presumptions about global population growth, birth rates, poverty, and more, challenged. Rosling’s revelations are likely to surprise you. At the very least, they will entertain and inform you. What more could you ask for just a one hour investment of your time.


Don’t Panic: The Truth about Population (BBC Documentary) by Professor Hans Rosling, Broadcast on BBC TV, November 7, 2013

Professor Hans Rosling presents a spectacular portrait of our rapidly changing world. With seven billion people already on our planet, we often look to the future with dread, but Rosling’s message is surprisingly upbeat. Almost unnoticed, we have actually begun to conquer the problems of rapid population growth and extreme poverty.

Across the world, even in countries like Bangladesh, families of just two children are now the norm – meaning that within a few generations, the population explosion will be over. A smaller proportion of people now live in extreme poverty than ever before in human history and the United Nations has set a target of eradicating it altogether within a few decades. In this as-live studio event, Rosling presents a statistical tour-de-force, including his ‘ignorance survey’, which demonstrates how British university graduates would be outperformed by chimpanzees in a test of knowledge about developing countries.

Here’s what reviewers had to say –

“Rosling presented this programme in the form of a lecture, with graphs and images swooping back and forth on a futuristic screen in front of him, not unlike the sci-fi movie Minority Report, interspersed with documentary-style sections from around the world.” Don’t Panic: the Truth About Population, BBC Two, review by Tom Chivers, The Telegraph, November 7, 2013

“It was a wise and thoroughly informative programme, filled with surprising statistics, but mainly, it was an optimistic one. We’re fantastically gloomy about the world’s chances, but, in fact, demographics are on our side. It’s rare and lovely to see a documentary that tells us not to panic, for once.” Tom Chivers, The Telegraph

“Watch Prof Hans Rosling in full flow, commentating on a moving hologram that illustrates the health, wealth and population of 200 countries over 200 years in less than a minute.” Hans Rosling: the man who makes statistics sing, by Edwin Smith, The Telegraph, November 7, 2013

And now, the video — published August 15, 2014 by HistoryEmpire


Hans Rosling is a Swedish medical doctor, academic, statistician and public speaker. He is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute. Discovered konzo, a new epidemic paralytic disease, when serving as doctor in Mozambique 1979-81. Two decades of research in rural Africa traced the cause to toxic ill-processed cassava roots, hunger and poverty. Co-founded Médecines sans Frontier Sweden. Started courses and wrote textbook on Global Health. Initiated university collaborations with Asia and Africa. Co-founded Gapminder that unveils the beauty of statistics by turning boring numbers into enjoyable animations that make sense of the world.

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