Mathletics by John D. Barrow
A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports

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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.

 

About John D. Barrow

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John D. Barrow is a professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is known internationally for his research in cosmology and for his popular science writing. He lives in Cambridge, UK.
 
Published June 18, 2012 by W. W. Norton & Company. 321 pages
Genres: Sports & Outdoors, Science & Math. Non-fiction

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Entertaining deconstruction of the mathematics of sports.

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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. The book con

Apr 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Mathletics: A Scientist Expla...

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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.

Apr 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Mathletics: A Scientist Expla...

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See what math reveals about sports, from the possibility of speeding up Usain Bolt to the physics of high jumping’s backward flop.

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