[IAEP] Fwd: [NextNow] Fwd: Hans Rosling's The Joy of Stats: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes (BBCFour)
echerlin at gmail.com
Sun Dec 5 19:23:36 EST 2010
Worth consideration as the basis for a Free course. I have long
maintained that we should teach statistics through sports such as
soccer/football, cricket, and baseball, where well over a century of
record-keeping exists. Those not interested in sports could use chess
or go, with much longer histories.
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From: Bill Daul <bdaul at nextnow.net>
Date: Sun, Dec 5, 2010 at 04:39
Subject: [NextNow] Fwd: Hans Rosling's The Joy of Stats: 200
Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes (BBCFour)
To: Bill Daul <bdaul at nextnow.net>, Me The Owner <bdaul at pacbell.net>,
Brinda DALAL <brinda_dalal at yahoo.com>, Bonnie - Tony DEVARCO
<tdevarco at sgi.com>, Bonnie DEVARCO <devarco at cruzio.com>, Katy Borner
<katy at indiana.edu>
This whole BBC series looks amazing and WORTH watching. See the link
at the bottom of this note for info on the series, The Joy of Stats.
Watch the 4 minute clip at the link below "watch at". The substance
is very impressive and so is the visualization. --bill
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From: stuart silverstone <ss at graphics.org>
Date: December 4, 2010 7:17:01 PM PST
To: <visualData at graphics.org>
Subject: Hans Rosling's The Joy of Stats: 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4
Hans Rosling's famous lectures combine enormous quantities of public data
with a sport's commentator's style to reveal the story of the world's past,
present and future development. Now he explores stats in a way he has never
done before - using augmented reality animation. In this spectacular section
of 'The Joy of Stats' he tells the story of the world in 200 countries over
200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just four minutes. Plotting life
expectancy against income for every country since 1810, Hans shows how the
world we live in is radically different from the world most of us imagine.
Documentary which takes viewers on a rollercoaster ride through the
wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power thay have to
change our understanding of the world, presented by superstar boffin
Professor Hans Rosling, whose eye-opening, mind-expanding and funny online
lectures have made him an international internet legend.
Rosling is a man who revels in the glorious nerdiness of statistics, and
here he entertainingly explores their history, how they work mathematically
and how they can be used in today's computer age to see the world as it
really is, not just as we imagine it to be.
Rosling's lectures use huge quantities of public data to reveal the story of
the world's past, present and future development. Now he tells the story of
the world in 200 countries over 200 years using 120,000 numbers - in just
The film also explores cutting-edge examples of statistics in action today.
In San Francisco, a new app mashes up police department data with the city's
street map to show what crime is being reported street by street, house by
house, in near real-time. Every citizen can use it and the hidden patterns
of their city are starkly revealed. Meanwhile, at Google HQ the machine
translation project tries to translate between 57 languages, using lots of
statistics and no linguists.
Despite its light and witty touch, the film nonetheless has a serious
message - without statistics we are cast adrift on an ocean of confusion,
but armed with stats we can take control of our lives, hold our rulers to
account and see the world as it really is. What's more, Hans concludes, we
can now collect and analyse such huge quantities of data and at such speeds
that scientific method itself seems to be changing.
More about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00wgq0l
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