Physics of Baseball

ISBN-10: 0060084367
ISBN-13: 9780060084363
Edition: 3rd 2002 (Revised)
Authors: Robert K. Adair
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Description: Blending scientific fact and sports trivia, Robert Adair examines what a baseball or player in motion does-and why. How fast can a batted ball go? What effect do stitch patterns have on wind resistance? How far does a curve ball break? Who reaches  More...

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Book details

List price: $12.99
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 192
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286
Language: English

Blending scientific fact and sports trivia, Robert Adair examines what a baseball or player in motion does-and why. How fast can a batted ball go? What effect do stitch patterns have on wind resistance? How far does a curve ball break? Who reaches first base faster after a bunt, a right- or left-handed batter? The answers are often surprising -- and always illuminating. This newly revised third edition considers recent developments in the science of sport such as the neurophysiology of batting, bat vibration, and the character of the "sweet spot." Faster pitchers, longer hitters, and enclosed stadiums also get a good, hard scientific look to determine their effects on the game. Filled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents, The Physics of Baseball provides fans with fascinating insights into America's favorite pastime.

Robert Adair is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Physics at Yale University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has largely been concerned with the properties of the elementary particles and forces of the universe.

List of Figures
Preface
Models and their Limitations
The Flight of the Baseball
The Swing of the Bat
Pitching
Batting the Ball
Properties of Bats
Running, Fielding, and Throwing
Index

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