Factfulness by Hans Rosling


Factfulness: The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.When asked simple questions about global trends—what percentage of the world’s population live in poverty; why the world’s population is increasing; how many girls finish school—we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laure...

Details Factfulness

Release DateJan 25th, 2018
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Economics, History

Reviews Factfulness

  • Bill Gates
    I talk about the developed and developing world all the time, but I shouldn’t.My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.” Any categorization that lumps together China and the Democratic Republic of Congo is too broad to be useful. But I’ve continued to use “developed” and “developing” in public (and on this blog) because there wasn’t a more accurate, easily understandable alternative—until n...
  • ☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~ ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
    This is either a very cruel book or a very fair one, and I'm not sure which one. On the one hand, the author is extremely sharp in that he realizes that bisection of the world is severely crippling to rational thinking process. When it becomes 'us' and 'them', most of our thinking processes will be black and white colored, or rather discolored. What we keep missing is that this world is complex and multifaceted enough to fit into no nice and tidy...
  • Andy
    Rosling writes about the most important things in the world and does so in an accessible and entertaining style. He busts myths using facts. This is what non-fiction is supposed to be. Much of what "everybody knows" and that we read in the news every day is wrong, because hardly anyone bothers to do reality-checking. This is a recurring problem in non-fiction books, including ones about science. So, when finally someone is exposing ignorance, cla...
  • Radiantflux
    78th book for 2018.I hate TED talks. This book is mostly like an extended TED Talk. Ipso facto I mostly hated this book.Rosling's central thesis is that in most measures of human development the World is much better than we'd think. That part of the book I enjoyed, though the data backing this up could have been presented in a far shorter book. Rosling spends a lot of time talking about the important people (e.g., bankers, Davos, bankers at Davos...
  • Marilla
    I got this as an ARC from Goodreads Giveaways (do you know happy that made me? It is true I had a 20% chance of getting it, as opposed to the 0.0118% chance most of these giveaways have, but still. My first ARC! All the imperfections and missing dates and awkward formatting was very endearing).Anyway, I'm not usually a reader of nonfiction, but this seemed interesting, and I obtained it, so obviously I read it. It was actually really good. Roslin...
  • Daniel Clausen
    This is probably one of the most important books available today. Why? Because our world is desperately in need of a shared sense of reality, and it's very important that this reality has a solid grounding in science and reason. The book is not without its controversy. The charts and graphs mostly come from UN and World Bank statistics. Many people will argue about the "factfulness" of the various datasets presented in this book-- after all, your...
  • Tanja Berg
    The first time I saw Rosling, he was explaining on television that most of the Syrian refugees are displaced in their own country, and not on their way to Europe. He had so many bright ideas. I was deeply saddened to hear of his death and I immediately shied from the postmortem released books. I did not want to be reminded. Eventually I realized my foolishness and this week I've been reading "Factfulness" while at the same time listening to Rosli...
  • Shalini Sinha
    Everyone has a list of 5, 10 or xx books which come along every once in a while and completely change your perspectives on some of the convictions you've held for long. Factfulness is one such book; it has the prospective to challenge the orthodox views we have had since forever.In my opinion, "Factfulness" is one of the most influential books published in 2018. The greatest deal about it is not the facts or fancy numbers & graphs (I still love t...
  • Christine
    I won a copy of this book from Goodreads Giveaways. This is honestly one of the most eye-opening, opinion changing books I have ever read. Especially in today’s political climate, everything feels like the worst case scenario and it can be hard to know what to do without losing hope. Factfulness gives real, data-based information about how we use information and how to do that better. It is frank and it is real and I have never felt so empowere...
  • Mats Mehrstedt
    In the last decades of his life Hans Rosling (1948 – 2017) made a world-wide career lecturing to large corporations, Wall Street bankers, hedge fund managers and gatherings of Nobel laureates and heads of states such as in Davos, about the statistics of the world. Roslings son invented a software so that you could present statistics with moving, shrinking and growing bubbles in different colors, which made an otherwise boring subject highly ent...
  • Scott
    This book came highly recommended by The Economist, amongst others, though to me it was unsurprising, lacked particularly interesting conclusions, and felt rather tedious. The work begins with a quiz consisting of 13 questions. The author claims that a 2017 study asked the same questions to 20k participants, and on average respondents got a mere 2 of the first 12 questions right, with one participant of 20k getting 11 of the 12 correct. However, ...
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 - Book of the week:Why are people convinced that the world is more frightening than it really is? Hans Rosling thinks he has the answer.Professor Hans Rosling was 'the man in whose hands data sings'. He was dubbed 'a true inspiration' by Bill Gates and became a viral celebrity thanks to his popular TED talks which broke down the statistics behind global health and economics.Before his death in 2017 Rosling spent years asking glob...
  • ScienceOfSuccess
    TL;DR People as not as rich, and not as poor as we expect them to be. We can blame media and education for this, but we can't change it.
  • Mehrsa
    Why I am right and everyone is wrong. I gave a bunch of really smart people a quiz and they all got it wrong --how could they be so dumb? The book proceeds in this way. The point is taken--things are way better than they seem. I get it. I believe his facts (though I dispute some of his rosy conclusions about the world), but I could not get over his condescending cockiness.
  • Erik
    “We’re all gonna die,” whispered the young knight next to me.Twenty seven thoughts raced across my mind. First, knights weren’t as advertised. Did this one really use the word ‘gonna’ instead of ‘going to’? And what about this contraction ‘we’re’? I would’ve been expecting something like, “We shall all perish!” Pfft. Dissapoint. Second, I hadn’t had my breakfast, and I’d always sworn not to die on an empty stomach....
  • SeyedMahdi Hosseini
    نظر شما چیست؟ جهان آینده را چگونه تصور میکنید؟ سوالات ذیل را مرور کنیم.- امروزه در تمامی کشورهای با سطح درآمد پایین در جهان، چند درصد از دانشآموزان دختر تحصیلات ابتدایی را به پایان میرسانند؟ الف) 20 درصد ب) 40 درصد ج) 60 درصد- در بیست سال گذشته، درصد جمعی...
  • Michael Perkins
    “I really do believe that our attitudes are shaped much more by our social groups than they are by facts on the ground. We are not great reasoners. Most people don't like to think at all, or like to think as little as possible. And by most, I mean roughly 70 percent of the population. Even the rest seem to devote a lot of their resources to justifying beliefs that they want to hold, as opposed to forming credible beliefs based only on fact.”...
  • Bettie☯
    BOTWhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09x...Description: Why are people convinced that the world is more frightening than it really is? Hans Rosling thinks he has the answer. Professor Hans Rosling was 'the man in whose hands data sings'. He was dubbed 'a true inspiration' by Bill Gates and became a viral celebrity thanks to his popular TED talks which broke down the statistics behind global health and economics.Before his death in 2017 Rosling s...
  • Nyamka Ganni
    The best part: Author's passion!This book is my last battle in my lifelong mission to fight devastating ignorance. – Hans RoslingHuman race survived numerous disasters and who knows how many to come. One thing is certain that we made miraculous progresses along the way. World has become infinitely better place. Though, that doesn't mean everything's okay or there's nothing to be worried about. Far from it. The problem is that we don't recognize...
  • Kristīne
    Ai, cik žēl, ka pēdējās 70lpp bija atsauces, norādes, avoti un pateicības! Bet tas jau laikam norāda uz nopietnību.Lieliska grāmata! Ja jūs šod izdomājat izlasīt tikai vienu zinātnisku grāmatu, lai tā ir šī.Starptautiskās ziņas nekad vairs neskatīsieties kā agrāk. Varbūt par vēlēšanās nobalsosiet par kaut ko jēdzīgu (ja tas vispār ir iespējams), bet pat ja neizlemsiet pamainīt savu domāšanas taku, varēsiet dau...
  • Cheryl
    Fantastic. Imperfect, but should be compulsory for policy makers, journalists, & educators, highly recommended for voters. Yes, if we were all Vulcans like Spock's people, we could perform "the calculus of cruelty." But we're human, so even when we know the right numbers and their relationships to each other, we still are going to have trouble designing the best aid programs, effectively distributing the right resources, etc. Rosling has a bit of...
  • Romanas af Wolfsborg
    I have had the opportunity of seeing professor Hans Rosling live at one event. He was giving one of his classic presentations enriched with his famous interactive diagrams. Hans was hastily bouncing around the scene and by using an oversized stick as a prop he was lively explaining how the world works. Which is not how many people think it does. The speech was impressive. The life of professor Rosling was even more impressive, and he shared a gre...
  • Gerard
    Like the title entails. This is about the FACTS. Had the luck to see him once when he visited Chicago. Incredible man. God Bless and may he rest in peace.
  • Annika Kronberg
    Alla borde läsa. Lättläst, fascinerande och viktigt på ett populärvetenskapligt sätt. Fantastiskt att så viktig information kan framställas så lättillgängligt.
  • Betsy
    I have mixed feelings about this book. Sometimes it made me angry, seeming to be very preachy and self-important. "Everything you do and are now is wrong and here's why." When someone comes at me with that kind of message, I tend to get very defensive. But I always kept reading because what he says makes so much sense. So much of what we think we know about the world is just wrong or at least badly slanted. But to truly effect change in the world...
  • Pete
    Factfulness : Ten Reasons We're Wrong About the World – and Why Things Are Better Than You Think (2018) by Hans Rosling, Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund is an absolutely outstanding book about the most important numbers in the world and how most people around the world, including researchers, do not know them.Everyone should read this book. It is superb. This review will try and say why. The book combines an engaging narrative with insight ...
  • Tristan Eagling
    I've been a fan of Hans Rosling since watching his Ted talks almost ten years ago, if you have not watched them stop reading this and go and do it now, you will thank me for it.The first few chapters revisit the same ground , but the rest of this book is more of his inspired take on the importance of data.The book makes you rethink your world view but more surprisingly from a book essentially about numbers is this book makes you well up with emot...
  • Harald Groven
    Hans Rosling explains how media bias, ideological preconceptions and statistical illiteracy makes most people (in rich countries) believe in a gloomy and spectacularly wrong worldview. The book carefully explains by data and vivid examples how positive developments are systematically underreported, while disaster news are vastly over-reported. Rosling categorise the 10 most important sources of bias and misconceptions as well as explaining strate...
  • Lucy
    Ale ano, dávám pět hvězdiček, to se skutečně nestává často. O knize jsem poprvé slyšela na blogu Billa Gatese, ale pak jsem ji pustila z hlavy. Až když jsem se vracela z dovolené a na pražském letišti jsem ji zahlédla při koupi lístku na autobus, řekla jsem si: „proč ne, koupím ji!“ Factfulness od Roslinga je z mého pohledu taková učebnice kritického myšlení pro začátečníky. V knize jsou srozumitelnou for...
  • Lindsey Clewett
    I love this book. It isn’t often I give 5* but this book is thoroughly deserving. Everyone should read this. Hans starts off with a quiz about the general state of the world with a focus on health and wealth. I won’t give too much away but suffice to say you’ll probably get more than a few questions wrong. I did the quiz with my husband and scored much better than him on most questions because I’d seen the TED talk. So if you don’t have...