Mathletics: 100 Amazing Things You Didn't Know about the World of Sports

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jun 18, 2012 - Mathematics - 320 pages
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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.


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MATHLETICS: A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Entertaining deconstruction of the mathematics of sports.To enjoy this book, readers need only a basic knowledge of high school math, even when Barrow (Mathematical Sciences/Cambridge Univ.; The Book ... Read full review

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Ok. In most cases too many simplifications or not too illumating. Read full review


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John D. Barrow is professor of mathematical sciences and director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society. He is the best-selling author of many books on science and mathematics, including Mathletics: 100 Amazing Things You Didn’t Know about the World of Sports and 100 Essential Things You Didn’t Know You Didn’t Know: Math Explains Your World.

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