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about the developed and developing world all the time, but I shouldn’t.My late friend Hans Rosling called the labels “outdated” and “meaningless.”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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Michael Perkins
    It's a constant challenge to get our facts straight. Like most readers and others the author has challenged, I flunked the test at the beginning of the book. Early in the book, he makes it clear he is not an optimist, never mind an idealist. He simply demonstrates what accurate data shows us about the world and the good news is that the world is improving. This does not mean, the author makes clear, that there are not serious issues in terms of p...
  • 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 ...
  • Richard Block
    Just the FactsHans Rosling's Factfulness is the companion to Steven Pinker's recent Enlightenment Now - and having read Pinker, I got 100% on Hans Rosling's Factfulness test. To any rational person, I recommend both books without reservation.Like Pinker the late Rosling (died in 2017) wanted to know 'why' we are so wrong about our understanding of the world, and how to use facts to correct this understanding. Pinker goes further - he celebrates r...
  • Micke Goteman
    When Hans Rosling passed away last year, he left behind an incredible legacy, and a bold cry for our world to challenge our own thinking and assumptions. The book he has written with his son and daughter in-law is so fitting to who Hans was, and probably represents one of the most important messages of our time. Just like Hans' teaching, the book is a mixture of incredible and hilarious stories, and with built-in lessons that shakes up the way we...
  • Jennopenny
    Det finns ju inte att ge den här något annat än en femma.
  • 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, ...
  • José Luis
    Hans Rosling, um dos autores (os outros são um filho e nora) e mentor de todo o trabalho, é conhecido por excelentes palestras no TedTalks. Sempre usando a ferramenta que eles criaram, o Gapminder. O livro é interessante demais, mostra os nossos vícios humanos de interpratação de dados, de tirar conclusões apressadas e de tomar decisões erradas com base em primeiras impressões. O ponto principal de todo o livro é visão sistêmica, aná...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Opens your eyes to how things have really changed in the world in the last 20 -50 years. Gives you a good sense of how the information we "think" we are using to make assumptions about the world is not really how we are making our opinions.As someone who cares about having an accurate perspective of the world, I would recommend to anyone who thinks a lot about all kinds of global issues.
  • Joseph Agunbiade
    I just finished reading Factfulness by Hans Rosling, Anna Rosling and Ola Rosling.It is a memoir of the life of a man who saw the world differently, the way everyone else should see it. That with the right data you will always make the better Judgment. That despite our passions we can only make meaningful impact if the facts are true and not exaggerated. That the data of yesterday is not the same as that of today as such we must keep measuring. A...
  • 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...
  • Balazs Faluvegi
    A book that everyone should read. A very clear, practical and easy-to-understand panoramic picture about how the world stands today and how much most people misjudge it. If you've read Pinker's Enlightement Now, which is a good book by the way, this is even better and tells more in a shorter length, with great personal stories.
  • Anna
    Won from a Goodreads giveawayA lesson in critical thinking and optimism.Back in elementary school, I recall reading books and taking quizzes on them for a reading program, but the thing was the quiz always came after I had finished the book...not in the introduction where Factfulness has theirs. All the same, I gave it a go. Out of the 13 questions asked, I answered 10 correctly and one I missed because I thought of the wrong species of a creatur...
  • Michael Austin
    Factfulness is the last offering of Hans Rosling's public career. A Swedish medical researcher, Rosling was a special kind of Don Quixote. He believed that most Westerners badly misunderstood the non-Western world, that we were trapped in an early-Cold war narrative of a "Developed World" and a "Developing World," and that we were making atrocious public policy based on these bad assumptions.So he spend much of his life gathering data and finding...
  • Alexander Curran
    “People often call me an optimist, because I show them the enormous progress they didn't know about. That makes me angry. I'm not an optimist. That makes me sound naive. I'm a very serious “possibilist”. That’s something I made up. It means someone who neither hopes without reason, nor fears without reason, someone who constantly resists the overdramatic worldview. As a possibilist, I see all this progress, and it fills me with conviction...
  • Bouke
    This book encourages you to look at ‘the rest of the world’ in a fact-based manner, and to depart from such knee jerk falsities as ‘Africa is bad, has always been and will always be’ when in fact a lot of progress is being made. It is also no longer true that there is such a thing as ‘the west’ and ‘the rest’, instead the countries of the world are now on a scale. We need to acknowledge that things can be bad and getting better at...
  • Devika
    If you only have time to read one book, then let it be this one. It is one of the most charming, heartwarming, inspiring books I've ever read. Though rooted in public health, this book shares the common misconceptions we all have regarding our worldview. These misconceptions are called the ten 'instincts', and Rosling discusses these in a very accessible way by combining his research with anecdotal evidence. These 'instincts' can also potentially...
  • Simona Paunova
    This book comes from an author who has not read about the world but rather experienced it. It's tedious but, it's an eye-opener for things we do see and happen right in front of us, yet most of us are still not aware of their existence. An utter must-read. By presenting real fact-based data, it copes with our misconceptions and misbeliefs, most of them perceived by commonly shared sentiments - an overdramatic worldview, negative instincts or fear...
  • Marcin Zaremba
    Ostatnia praca Hansa Roslinga przed śmiercią: książka o tym jak walczyć z ignorancją u siebie i u innych.Choć to książka, którą łatwo się czyta, to jest pełna szokujących (dla mnie) odkryć. Szokujących bo pokazujących na obiektywnych danych, że świat wokół nas jest zupełnie inny niż sobie wyobrażamy (i co mówią nam ludzie i media dookoła). Z przyjemnością czytałem jak Hans rozjeżdża jak walec moje uproszczenia i s...