Swedish academic researcher Hans Rosling uses augmented reality to demonstrate the growth in health and wealth in regions and countries over the past 200 years. His engaging presentation takes all of 4 minutes, yet there probably isn’t a better description of health and wealth per country as measured by the life expectancy and income of its people.

Using 120,000+ bits of data and augmented reality, the energetic professor takes us through the last 200 years of global history. Our recent past is filled with spurts of growth, war, and political repression or freedom, all of which lead to health and income disparities fluctuating over time. No one else makes statistics quite as awe-inspiring as Rosling.

Rosling has continually struggled to find new ways of presenting data that speak to and engage the audience. This is one of the best graphical illustrations of stats I’ve seen. It is a must watch.

Hans Rosling’s 200 Countries, 200 Years, 4 Minutes video is part of a program on BBC Four called The Joy of Stats. The Joy of Stats takes viewers on a fascinating ride through the wonderful world of statistics to explore the remarkable power stats have to change our understanding of the world.

Source: GapMinder.org