Mathletics: A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About Sport

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100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know About Sport sheds light on the mysteries of running, jumping, swimming and points scoring across the whole sporting spectrum. Whether you are a competitor striving to go faster or higher, or an armchair enthusiast wanting to understand more, this is a fascinating read with one hundred short pieces that range across a wide number of sports. Find out:

   · Why high-jumpers use the Fosbury Flop, 

   · How fast Usain Bolt can ultimately run and how he could break his records without running any faster, 

   · Whether there is a limit to human performance, 

   · Who the strongest man or woman is, pound for pound, 

   · Why there are so many different scoring systems in sport, 

   · If a 100-kilogram mass weighs more in London than it does in Singapore, 

   · What the best strategy for taking football penalties is, 

   · What the effect of those banned skin-tight swimsuits are, 

   · Why golf balls are dimpled, 

   · And last, but not least, why does the bounce of a Superball seem to defy Newton's laws of motion.

Written for anyone interested in sport or simple maths, this book will enrich your understanding of sport and enliven your appreciation of maths.

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JOHN D. BARROW is Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project at Cambridge University, Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, a Fellow of the Royal Society, and the current Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College, London. His principal area of scientific research is cosmology, and he is the author of many highly acclaimed books about the nature and significance of modern developments in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, including The Origin of the Universe, The Universe that Discovered Itself; The Book of Nothing, The Constants of Nature, The Infinite Book: a Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless, The Artful Universe Expanded, New Theories of Everything, Cosmic Imagery and The Book of Universes.

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"This is a really interesting and original premise that will certainly make you think again about what you know about sport and perhaps make you watch it in an entirely new light" -- J Craddock Nudge

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