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Hans Rosling Books In Order

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Publication Order of Memoirs

How I Learned to Understand the World (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Factfulness: Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World--and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Hans Rosling was a Swedish professor and author. He was also an academic, physician, public speaker, and statistician.

Hans has appeared on television series such as Divendres and Efter Tio. He was also the host of a 2013 television documentary regarding population titled Don’t Panic as well as a 2010 movie called The Joy of Stats.

Hans was born in Sweden on July 27, 1948. He passed away some years later in Uppsala, the place of his birth, on February 7, 2017.

Rosling taught international health at Karolinska Institute as a professor. He was the chairman and co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, whose crown jewel was the accomplishment of developing Trendalyzer software.

Hans would speak all over the world and give presentations on health. These speaking engagements included some TED Talks, where he would talk about using data in order to further explore issues regarding development.

Global Health is one of the earlier books written by Rosling. It was a collaboration with several other authors including Ann Lindstrand and Staffan Bergstrom.

The book is an intention to start a discussion about global health. It explores health around the world and required much editing to get it concise enough to fit into a text book that students could utilize. It was a great fit for those who want to understand the history of world health and how the population globally has had health changed over time.

The book also goes into what are the key ingredients for health and what determines what actually keeps us healthy. It explains the measurements for health as well as the main indicators for illness as well as health. A fascinating discussion, Global Health goes into what really causes disability as well as sickness and even death to occur for vast amounts of people.

Rosling and the other authors of this book also wanted readers to become familiar with structures and models that are practiced globally when it comes to health care and attention. The book is written not just from a medical perspective, but from one regarding the health of the general public at large.

It also considers the realities of health and how social constructs, the environment, and even money can influence that practice and standard of care or quality. If you loved books like Freakonomics, this is bound to be a fascinating read for you and one that you’ll want to pick up from either your local book store or your library– or check online to see if you can order it and have it show up on your doorstep!

Factfulness is another book that was released in 2018. It was the result of a collaboration with other authors. Rosling wrote this interesting non-fiction book along with Ola and Anna Rosling.

So what does the title mean? Factfulness is a word that here is used to mean the habit of only having opinions that can be backed by supporting (as well as strong) facts.

When questions are asked regarding current global trends, are the answers usually wrong? Consider a question like how many people in the world currently live in abject poverty. Or a question like why the population of the world is going up– and at a rapid rate! Even when it comes to statistics on females and how many finish primary school, it can be tough to get an exact answer.

When these questions are asked, they are routinely given answers that may seem satisfying on the surface but also are wrong. Even a random selection by a chimpanzee may be more accurate than the guesses of investment bankers or Nobel laureates. But why does this happen?

This book dives fearlessly into the ten instincts out there that actually can sway our perspective. Anna as well as Ola and Hans Rosling strive to come up with an explanation as to why this occurs, and what we can do about it.

Whether it is viewing the world in a version of them versus us and putting things into two categories or it is the passive intake of media that is designed to give us certain viewpoints or invoke fear in the viewer or even how we perceive the state of the world. Are we in a glass half full mentality, or are we thinking that things in the general quality of the world may be getting worse when in fact the numbers show that things are improving.

We’re not always sure of what we do not know, but sometimes we can allow our ignorance to inform us. Even when we guess, we are at risk of allowing our opinion to be dictated by predictable as well as unconscious biases that we may have cultivated.

Rosling and his fellow writers assert that the world may not be perfect. However, it might be in a better place than we overall perceive it to be– and we are not challenging our perception to see the world as it really is.

This does not mean, of course, that the world is lacking any problems or there are no issues left to solve. There are still plenty of economic and social issues to tackle. Hunger is still a tremendous problem, as is getting clean drinking water for many adults and children around the world. Even basic medical care or access may be difficult for some.

Even though there are things to worry about and have concerns about in the world, we have to be careful as individuals. Are we basing a world view that ends up being formed based off of our emotions instead of our emotions being governed on opinions formed from actual concrete facts?

Humans do have an evolved ability or tendency to put their energy towards focusing on things that are a threat to us. The monkey that never reacted to threats may have been negatively affected by them. To this day, there are still instinctive reactions that we have– jumping at a mouse, for instance.

Full of information, good points, anecdotes, stories, and revelations, this is a unique book that may just open your eyes to the way that people process the world or see it through the lens of their own minds. Pick up Factfulness to check out this phenomenal work, part of Rosling’s incredible legacy.

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