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Hans Rosling - The joy of stats (BBC)
Statistics is now the sexiest subject around, says the sensual Swedish epidemiological number cruncher Hans Rosling. And he may well be right.

Rosling introduces his BBC documentary “The joy of stats”, which was first broadcast yesterday, with an anecdote about a caller to a radio talk show in Stockholm who complained bitterly about government waste…

“At times like this when unemployment rates are up to 13%, income has fallen by 5%, and suicide rates are climbing, I’m so angry that the government is wasting money on things like collecting statistics.”

And so it goes on. Rosling’s passionate presentation is one of the best examples of popular science outreach I’ve seen in years. And one of the funniest, too.