It was bound to happen at some point. Doctor and statistician Hans Rosling, best known for his sword-swallowing TED talk, among plenty of other things, made the Time 100 Most Influential list this year.
What does Rosling make of his statistical analysis of worldwide trends? "I am not an optimist," he says. "I'm a very serious possibilist. It's a new category where we take emotion apart and we just work analytically with the world." We can all, Rosling thinks, become healthy and wealthy. What a promising thought, so eloquently rendered with data.