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Crunching numbers mindfully

Vijayaprasad Gopichandran

DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2019.001


Abstract

Hans Rosling, the Swedish physician, statistician, epidemiologist and TED Talk celebrity has a deep and intense connection to India. He studied public health at St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore (now Bengaluru) in 1972. Factfulness is his magnum opus and his last work before his passing away at the age of 68, in February 2018. Hans Rosling was a crusader against “misinformation” and an overdramatic worldview. He was a proponent of careful review of data, updating oneself on data about the world around us and seeing the world for what it is rather than how it is portrayed. In his own words he was a “possiblist”, someone who always liked to look at the various possibilities rather than be guided by extremes.

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