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

John D. Barrow. . Norton, $26.95 (336p) ISBN 978-0-393-06341-7
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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 contains 100 short essays explaining a variety of sports-related topics, such as various applications of statistics, the physics of wheelchair racing, how different scoring methods affect the outcome of multievent sports like the decathlon, and how a new rule led to “the most bizarre soccer match ever played.” There’s no formal organization, so the two-to-five-page-long essays are perfect for dipping into at the reader’s whim. One moment Barrow is elucidating how organizations use math to determine tournament seeds, the next he’s calculating whether runner and double amputee Oscar Pistorius’s artificial limbs give him an advantage in sprinting events. Not everything is about math, however. Essays on Olympic trivia reveal that the marathon’s distance wasn’t standardized until 1921. Barrow’s writing is accessible and entertaining, just the thing for mathematically minded sports fans. 40 illus. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/16/2012
Release date: 06/01/2012
Genre: Nonfiction
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