So Many A Second is a visualization that gives a rough feeling for abstract numbers by creating a vertical flow of the events happening at a certain pace. The visualization doesn’t focus on accuracy and isn’t readable in the sense of giving a detailed view on statistical data but it provides a way too feel the amount rather than reading it.
The creator Wouter Walmink describs it as follows:
so_many_a_second is a visualizer that shows mondial statistics on a human scale.
Depicting the ongoing stream of events, this application tries to get the user in touch with the emotional actuality of these objective data.
There are different predefined things to investigate and the user can visualize his own data by creating a custom view. We like the “unprecise” approach that communicates the numbers on a very intuitive way without the necessity to be 100% accurate.