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Football physics : the science of the game

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  • "In this illuminating, enormously entertaining book, a physics professor with a rare gift for making science easy-to-understand and fun for the lay reader reveals the unseen natural laws that govern football. What effect does altitude have on the flight of a kicked ball? How do Newton's laws of motion apply to blocking and tackling? In this entertaining book, physics professor Dr. Timothy Gay makes science comprehensible and fun while deepening our appreciation for the strategic nuances of this deceptively simple game. The success of such well-received titles as The Physics of Baseball and The Physics of Golf has already demonstrated fans' fascination with the science underlying their favorite sport. Readers will relive the game's enthralling moments and legendary feats-Franco Harris's Immaculate Reception; Joe Montana's scrambling pass for The Catch; Dick Butkus's bone-crunching, game-saving tackles; and many more-as they gain new insight into the dynamics of blocking and tackling, open field running, kicking, passing, the line of scrimmage, and the role played by equipment, turf, and the decibels of sound in stadiums. Illustrated with classic black-and-white NFL action photos and engaging popular-science diagrams, the book is an outgrowth of Dr. Gay's playful, brilliant lectures that have been adapted by the NFL for the TV show Blast!, which airs in 190 countries."

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