On February 7, 2017, physician and statistician Hans Rosling passed away at the age of 68. Rosling was renowned for not only his expertise in public health and statistics, but also for his ability to engage audiences with a variety of scientific topics via colorful presentations. (In addition to his scientific and mathematical expertise, Rosling also happened to be a sword-swallower). In 2013, education blogger Larry Ferlazzo compiled this list of The Best Hans Rosling Videos, which include TED Talks and short videos produced for The Guardian and BBC News. Rosling's talks often deal with the intersections of science and social science, addressing topics such as population growth, climate change, and the importance of electricity to public health. Readers may particularly enjoy Rosling's frequent use of props (including butternut squash and snowballs) and humor to make his lectures more engaging and accessible.
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