Beating the Odds: The Hidden Mathematics of Sport

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Pavilion Books, Aug 11, 2007 - Mathematics - 179 pages
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'Beating The Odds' takes a novel and intriguing look at sport, by exploring the mathematics behind the action. Discover the best tactics for taking a penalty, the pros and cons of being a consistent golfer, the surprising link between boxing and figure skating, the unusual location of England's earliest 'football' (in a parish church), and the formula for winning a game of tennis. Whatever your sporting interests, you will find plenty to absorb and amuse you in this insightful book - and maybe you will even find some new strategies for beating the odds.

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Rob Eastaway is a former puzzle writer for New Scientist magazine, and the author of How Long Is a Piece of String?, Mindbenders and Brainteasers, What Is a Googly?, and Why Do Buses Come in Threes?

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