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The physics of baseball
Adair, Robert Kemp.
Personal Author:
Third edition, revised, updated, and expanded.
Publication Information:
New York : itbooks, [2002]

Physical Description:
xvi, 169 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
A "fascinating and irresistible" ("New York Times Book Review") look at the science behind America's favorite pastime, complete with charts and graphs, baseball lore, and anecdotes about famous players.
Models and their limitations -- Flight of the baseball -- Baseball--air resistance -- Spin and the magnus coefficient -- Distance of flight of a batted ball -- Swing of the bat: Model of batting -- Batter reaction time -- Pitching: Pitcher's task -- Curveball -- Knuckleball -- Hop of the fastball -- Pitching with an illegally modified ball -- Pitching in the wind and on high -- Energetics of a thrown ball -- Pitching tactics: High and tight, low and away -- Left-handed and right-handed players -- Batting the ball: Bat-ball collision -- Spin of the batted ball -- Effects on the distance balls are hit -- How far can a ball be hit? -- Number of home runs -- Properties of bats: Optimum bat weight -- Hitting the ball imperfectly -- Aberrant bats: Aluminum bats -- Aberrant bats: Corked bats -- Running, fielding, and throwing: Running -- Judging fly balls -- Fielding ground balls--long and short hops -- Throwing in the infield and outfield -- Index.
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Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library QC26 .A23 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
Audubon Library QC26 .A23 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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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.

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