I’m grateful to Denise Brown for bringing to my attention this recently published book, now available in the Library:

Factfulness: Ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think by Hans Rosling  Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund

In 2016 when Rosling was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer he reluctantly cancelled his lecture tours and having little time left, focused his prodigious intellectual energy on the book he’d always planned to write. A Swedish physician, academic, statistician, and public speaker he was passionate about informing the public about world development and equipping the general population with facts. Creator of the Gapminder Foundation, he set about converting statistics to moving, interactive graphics – the bubble charts you may have seen, to enable viewers to visualise world developments. In the book, he challenges you with his questions – compared to 1998 what is the proportion of people living in extreme poverty in the whole world? What would you estimate to be the life expectancy of the world today? (50, 60 or 70 years?) In all low-income countries across the world today, how many girls finish primary school? (20%, 40% or 60%?) I bet you get the answers wildly wrong! Read the book to find some surprising answers from a remarkable man  – intellectually curious to the very end and a colourful character – I haven’t even mentioned his sword-swallowing yet!

Here’s Bill Gates on youtube reviewing the book Don’t miss Rosling’s brilliant TED Talk ‘How not to be ignorant about the world’ from 2014

 

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