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Joy of Stats, The (DVD)

With Professor Hans Rosling

The documentary The Joy of Stats takes viewers on a roller coaster ride through the wonderful world of statistics. Presenter Hans Rosling is Professor of Global Health at Stockholm's Karolinska Institute and founder of the Gapminder Foundation. He's is a man who revels in the glorious nerdiness of statistics, 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 famous lectures use enormous quantities of public data to reveal the story of the world's past, present and future development. In one 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.


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. 



  • Format: NTSC
  • Feature Length: 60 min approx
  • Soundtrack: English