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Mathletics: 100 Amazing Things You Didn't Know about the World of Sports : A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports
An entertaining, eye-opening guide to what math and physics can reveal about sports.How can sprinter Usain Bolt break his world record without expending any additional effort? What dates of birth give rise to the best professional athletes? Is it better to have the inside or outside lane during a race?
Drawing on vivid, real-life examples, mathematician John D. Barrow entertainingly explores the eye-opening, often counterintuitive, insights into the world of sports that math and physics can give us. For example, we learn that left-handed boxers have a statistical advantage over their right-handed opponents. Through clear, detailed, and fascinating mathematical explanations, Barrow reveals the best techniques and strategies for an incredible range of sports, from soccer and running to cycling, archery, gymnastics, and rowing.
"Readers will marvel at how much mathematics can illuminate athletes' most amazing feats. . . . Sports fans and nerds will fight over this book!" - Booklist
"Barrow delivers the math and science goods for every sports fan who's ever wondered how to 'Bend It Like Beckham' or what the best positions are to reduce air resistance while sky-diving…Accessible and entertaining, just the thing for mathematically minded sports fans." - Publishers Weekly
"An illuminating mix for sports fans and math buffs looking to hone their skills." - Kirkus Reviews
""[A] fast-paced, lighthearted book that revels in the brainier side of brawn." - Discover
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W. W. Norton & Company
June 01, 2012
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