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The Physics of Baseball 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 illuminatingThis 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 gameFilled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents, The Physics of Baseball provides fans with fascinating insights into America s favorite pastime [Read] ➵ Longbow Girl ➲ Linda Davies – 9facts.co.uk 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 [Download] ✤ On His Naughty List ➸ Jessica Jarman – 9facts.co.uk a right or left handed batter The answers are often surprising and always illuminatingThis newly revised third edition considers recent developments in the science of sport such as the neurophysiology of batting ❴PDF❵ ✓ Fire Colour One Author Jenny Valentine – 9facts.co.uk bat vibration ➷ [Reading] ➹ Invisible Wounds By Kay Douglas ➬ – 9facts.co.uk and the character of the sweet spot Faster pitchers ➹ [Download] ➵ A City Possessed By Lynley Hood ➼ – 9facts.co.uk longer hitters ✬ [PDF] ✓ Her Husbands Mistake By Sheila O& ✹ – 9facts.co.uk and enclosed stadiums also get a good ➺ [Download] ➶ Mr Dove Über Den Wassern By Maurice Shadbolt ➻ – 9facts.co.uk hard scientific look to determine their effects on the gameFilled with anecdotes about famous players and incidents [Read] ➬ Squirmy Wormy Author Lynda Farrington Wilson – 9facts.co.uk The Physics of Baseball provides fans with fascinating insights into America s favorite pastime


10 thoughts on “The Physics of Baseball

  1. Jim Townsend Jim Townsend says:

    Rhought it was a good book with a seldom thought way of looking at baseball.


  2. Tim Tim says:

    I read this when I was a kid of course I did, because it perfectly combined two of my geeky obsessions but I suspect a fair fraction flew over my head Now, having studied quite a lotphysics, I can see that it s not really meant to be a popular treatment of the subject, so much as it is a first draft to a thorough technical analysis As a result, it can be an intimidating read for layfolk, but also a fairly accurate window into how professional physicists attack new research problems Th I read this when I was a kid of course I did, because it perfectly combined two of my geeky obsessions but I suspect a fair fraction flew over my head Now, having studied quite a lotphysics, I can see that it s not really meant to be a popular treatment of the subject, so much as it is a first draft to a thorough technical analysis As a result, it can be an intimidating read for layfolk, but also a fairly accurate window into how professional physicists attack new research problems The book opens with a blast of fluid dynamics, describing the flight of the baseball By its nature, fluid dynamics is one of theopaque sub branches of physics the realm of turbulence, chaos and ad hoc empirical approximations Turbulence is one of the great unsolved problems in physics, and a solution to it could win you a cool million dollars It is a hard topic to present at the best of times but Adair actually does a pretty good job getting to the heart of why a curveball curves The explanation could probably benefit from just a bitexposition and explanation of basic concepts, and there are a few sentences here and there that leave you scratching your head, but a solid effort.The later chapters on pitching and batting haveto do with materials and kinematics than fluid flow, and are less complicated but a bit duller andrepetitive Much of the content of the book comes from simple models of throwing and hitting baseballs, based on likely approximations and squeezing information out of what little experimental data exists When things get too dry, the author does his best to spice things up with baseball lore In fact, one of the really cool things about the book is how he tries to address and assess the opinions and wisdom of pro baseball players, and provide explanations for many of the common features of the game


  3. Larry Hostetler Larry Hostetler says:

    Would have given it 3.5 if allowed Definitely a learned exposition about the physics of baseball Just enough application and illustration from baseball to keep me reading it even when I got lost in computations and physics formulae I was glad to read the physics behind the curve ball and other pitches like the knuckleball Things I learned a curveball thrown at 70 mph with a normal rpm of 1600 curves the physics term is deflection of 14.4 inches, most of it in the last 15 feet before c Would have given it 3.5 if allowed Definitely a learned exposition about the physics of baseball Just enough application and illustration from baseball to keep me reading it even when I got lost in computations and physics formulae I was glad to read the physics behind the curve ball and other pitches like the knuckleball Things I learned a curveball thrown at 70 mph with a normal rpm of 1600 curves the physics term is deflection of 14.4 inches, most of it in the last 15 feet before crossing the plate A ball is unlikely to be hitthan 550 feet Cool Papa Bell was clocked going completely around the bases in under 13 seconds, which is one second slower than Carl Lewis could cover the same distance in a straight line.If I want to see home runs I should go to games with low barometric pressure 6 added for each inch on the barometer and temps in the 100s And in Denver fast balls get to the plate 1 quicker than at sea level, and curves don t curve as much While it s nice to have the scientific proof, and it is a good exposition, it still leaves a lot of room for study But then, that s what s great about baseball


  4. Valerie Valerie says:

    Excellent, of course


  5. Don LaFountaine Don LaFountaine says:

    There are not too many baseball books I say this about, but this was not a book I enjoyed.Basically, this book discusses the physics of the aspects of a baseball game pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, and throwing to name a few It felt like reading a textbook, complete with equations and proofs Though it was interesting in parts, in discussing the physics of the game it felt to me that the heart and beauty of play of the game of baseball were removed Basically, it comes down to this Fo There are not too many baseball books I say this about, but this was not a book I enjoyed.Basically, this book discusses the physics of the aspects of a baseball game pitching, hitting, fielding, catching, and throwing to name a few It felt like reading a textbook, complete with equations and proofs Though it was interesting in parts, in discussing the physics of the game it felt to me that the heart and beauty of play of the game of baseball were removed Basically, it comes down to this For those who are interested in analyzing every aspect of the game with advanced metrics, this book is for you Reading it, I felt that the book is the beginning of the trend all the new advanced analysis For fans of the game who areinterested in the action of the field, and feel that statistics are a part of the game that compliments the action but should not cloud the action, you may feel as I do about this book not being for you This is not to say that one view is better than the other, just that there are distinct camps when it comes to viewing the National Pastime, and this book isabout the advanced metrics camp.I would recommend this book to baseball fans that are interested in the advanced metric statistics that permeate baseball today as this book will give an idea to fans where they came from It is not a book for casual reading, nor for fans that are looking for a story of the game


  6. Dean Mundy Dean Mundy says:

    This short book 106 pages plus an index introduces one to some of the physics behind baseball Because there are so many possibilities, it can only give estimates and guesses noted in chapter 1 The other four chapters analyze the flight of the baseball, pitching, bating the ball and properties of bats.A very enjoyable book which made me wonder, with the advances in technology, might some of these analyses becomeconcrete and less estimates and guesswork.This led me to the inevitable Goog This short book 106 pages plus an index introduces one to some of the physics behind baseball Because there are so many possibilities, it can only give estimates and guesses noted in chapter 1 The other four chapters analyze the flight of the baseball, pitching, bating the ball and properties of bats.A very enjoyable book which made me wonder, with the advances in technology, might some of these analyses becomeconcrete and less estimates and guesswork.This led me to the inevitable Google search which brought me this website The Physics of Baseball at the University of Illinois I imagine I will be wasting some time at this website There are papers and calculators for all kinds of baseball events


  7. Ian Ian says:

    Not the most approachable book at first blush, but a REALLY fun perspective on baseball So much of what I learned through practice or innately is explained here and explaining WHY it is so Baseball has evolved around physical truths and rules, but without precision science rather, it s been learned experience Much like discussions of advanced statistical metrics showadvantageous ways of playing the game, this book deals with what physical factors can influence play both natural an Not the most approachable book at first blush, but a REALLY fun perspective on baseball So much of what I learned through practice or innately is explained here and explaining WHY it is so Baseball has evolved around physical truths and rules, but without precision science rather, it s been learned experience Much like discussions of advanced statistical metrics showadvantageous ways of playing the game, this book deals with what physical factors can influence play both natural and from the player.Well worth the read if you enjoy baseball and or physics in daily life


  8. Nate Hendrix Nate Hendrix says:

    My rating this book one star is not a reflection on its quality This is an amazing explanation of the physics involved in the sport of baseball Unfortunately, the explanation goes right over my head The level of education that is required to understand most of this book is well beyond me This book was mentioned in another baseball book that I did enjoy I skimmed most of this one So, please don t misunderstand me I did not like this book because I am to stupid to understand it, not because My rating this book one star is not a reflection on its quality This is an amazing explanation of the physics involved in the sport of baseball Unfortunately, the explanation goes right over my head The level of education that is required to understand most of this book is well beyond me This book was mentioned in another baseball book that I did enjoy I skimmed most of this one So, please don t misunderstand me I did not like this book because I am to stupid to understand it, not because it is badly written If you are a math wiz try this one on for size


  9. Brent Soderstrum Brent Soderstrum says:

    I do love baseball but I forgot how much I disliked physics from taking it long ago in college I didn t think there was anyway a book could make baseball dull but this book accomplished it.Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti asked Adair, a fellow Yale professor, to write a book about the physics of baseball The late commissioner loved the game so it is hard to believe he would do this to us However, I am sure there are those who love physics and love the game of baseball I do love baseball but I forgot how much I disliked physics from taking it long ago in college I didn t think there was anyway a book could make baseball dull but this book accomplished it.Former Major League Baseball Commissioner Bart Giamatti asked Adair, a fellow Yale professor, to write a book about the physics of baseball The late commissioner loved the game so it is hard to believe he would do this to us However, I am sure there are those who love physics and love the game of baseball This book is for them


  10. Elba M Elba M says:

    I see this book being read by coaches and trainers This book analyses most of baseball plays, but I see this book as a helper for training players When you are playing, you are not going to be thinking about what Physics recommended what to do But it is a very useful tool for training.


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