“The aim of the ‘Factfulness’ is to debunk old prejudices and change the way people view the world – not just now, but for at least another 20 years to come,” the late Swedish physician and statistician Hans Rosling’s daughter-in-law and co-author Anna Rosling Rönnlund remarked to media in May, after Rosling’s passing. Her opinion doesn’t only describe the problem of fact resistance that we encounter in the world today, it also sums up the difference this book aims to make. One renowned reader who quickly understood the power and vision of Rosling’s life’s work was none other than Bill Gates.
Progress based on facts and research
Everyone who works in implant dentistry is perfectly aware that our progress is based on facts, research and statistics. Against that background, this book is the perfect gift from anyone in the dental implant industry – to anyone outside it. Because out there in the ‘real world’, facts for some reason don’t have the same supremacy. Facts are being questioned and sometimes pointed out as fake – even by world leaders.
Hans Rosling devoted his life to changing that. When “Factfulness – ten reasons we’re wrong about the world and why things are better than you think” was released in early 2018, it summed up Rosling’s life-long struggle to fight the devastating ignorance of nay-sayers. But the book quickly became something bigger. It became a wake-up call even among the yea-sayers, and everyone in between.
Approved by Bill Gates
The book spread fast and far – eventually all the way to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where Mr. Gates not only called it “One of the most important books I’ve ever read” but also decided to give away free copies of the book to all college graduates. Recently, the Swedish Nobel Center followed this initiative and now all high-school graduates in Sweden can download it for free too.
This is your obvious Christmas gift for anyone who needs to see the world in new colors.
Opinions about Factfulness:
“One of the most important books I’ve ever read―an indispensable guide to thinking clearly about the world.” – Bill Gates
“Hans Rosling tells the story of ‘the secret silent miracle of human progress’ as only he can. But Factfulness does much more than that. It also explains why progress is so often secret and silent and teaches readers how to see it clearly.” – Melinda Gates
“Factfulness by Hans Rosling, an outstanding international public health expert, is a hopeful book about the potential for human progress when we work off facts rather than our inherent biases.” – Former U.S. President Barack Obama
”The stress-reducing habit of only carrying opinions for which you have strong supporting facts.” – Amazon.com
“This book is my last battle in my life-long mission to fight devastating ignorance…Previously I armed myself with huge data sets, eye-opening software, an energetic learning style and a Swedish bayonet for sword-swallowing. It wasn’t enough. But I hope this book will be.” – Hans Rosling, February 2017