All the Right Angles

All the Right Angles

From Gear Ratios to Calculating Odds : Mathematics in the World of Sports

Book - 2013
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Baker & Taylor
Presents the mathematical concepts involved in sports, including power and motion, angles and trajectories, and statistics.

Firefly Books Ltd

A visual reference to the mathematics of sports.

Any definition of sport begins with the term "physical". Motion, power, energy and momentum are the driving forces of physics, and numbers govern all sports. People and objects move in lines and curves, geometry determines progress, times are recorded, points counted, scores calculated. Without understanding numbers, it is impossible to understand sport. Athletes should be interested in the mathematics of sport for the simple reason that it can help them win. For fans, it brings greater enjoyment from their favorite sport.

All the Right Angles is a fun, fascinating and highly visual book that explains the mathematical and scientific principles in sports. With a clear infographics approach, the book never burdens readers with too many numbers and formulas or slows them down with jargon. Instead, dynamic layouts, bold and colorful diagrams and minimal text promote easy comprehension.

There are four parts with self-contained spreads that cover 89 topics in all. They include:

  • Power and Motion: Basketball and Conservation of Energy; Ball Games and the Magnus Effect; Football and Newtonian Physics of Collision; Squash and Gas Pressure; Cycling and Gyroscopes
  • Angles, Trajectories and Geometry: Mathematics of a Golf Shot; Pool and Tangent Lines; Auto Racing and Distance; Baseball and Trajectories; Cycling and Gradients
  • Numbers and Statistics: Statistics in Baseball; Mathematics and Fantasy Football; Game Theory and Fencing; The Statistics of Home Advantage
  • Mathematics, Biology and Environment: Effects of Tennis Court Surfaces; Horsepower; Skydiving and Terminal Velocity; Fencing, Tennis and Reaction Speeds; Hydration and Performance.

Eight "Sports by Numbers" feature spreads cover baseball, football, rugby, golf, cricket, soccer, tennis and Formula 1. Throughout the book are facts, statistics, trivia and little-known anecdotes that will entertain all sport fans and athletes.

Sports offer a unique and engaging way into an intimidating topic that many people have written off as "too hard." The games we love have an unrivalled power to turn us on to the beauty of numbers. All the Right Angles is a highly entertaining introduction to that power for the mathematically-minded, the science buff and the curious reader alike.

A visual reference to the mathematics of sports.

Publisher: Buffalo, N.Y. : Firefly Books, [2013]
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781770851962
Branch Call Number: 796.0151 LEVY
Characteristics: 224 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Dawson, Peter - Illustrator


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Oct 05, 2014

All it had was a bunch of facts.

Nothing on doing anything.

Aug 22, 2014

Don't be intimidated - this is light, easy reading. It's very user friendly, and you don't need to be a geek to figure anything out. Just lots of interesting sport stats, such as comparing the speed of the fastest human to the fasted land animal and fastest swimmer to the fastest sea animal. Fun stuff, like that.


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