Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game

Newton's Football: The Science Behind America's Game

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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2013, ISBN13 9780345545145, ISBN10 0345545141
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"How is the West Coast offense like quantum mechanics? How does the shape of the football invoke chaos theory? What lessons did Vince Lombardi glean from the brain of Sir Isaac Newton and the beautiful mind of John Nash? Should the NFL ban helmets? Why, in defiance of mathematics, does a coach almost never go for it on fourth down? The answers to these and dozens of other physics questions determine the outcome of every football game played , and--perhaps--the future of the nation's most popular sport"--

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"How is the West Coast offense like quantum mechanics? How does the shape of the football invoke chaos theory? What lessons did Vince Lombardi glean from the brain of Sir Isaac Newton and the beautiful mind of John Nash? Should the NFL ban helmets? Why, in defiance of mathematics, does a coach almost never go for it on fourth down? The answers to these and dozens of other physics questions determine the outcome of every football game played , and--perhaps--the future of the nation's most popular sport"--

In the bestselling tradition of "Freakonomics" and "Scorecasting" comes a clever and accessible look at the big ideas underlying the science of football.
Did you hear the one about the MacArthur genius physicist and the NFL coach? It's not a joke. It's actually an innovative way to understand chaos theory, and the remarkable complexity of modern professional football.
In "Newton's Football, " journalist and "New York Times" bestselling author Allen St. John and TED Speaker and former Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez explore the unexpected science behind America's Game. Whether it's Jerry Rice finding the common ground between quantum physics and the West Coast offense or an Ivy League biologist explaining--at a granular level--exactly how a Big Mac morphs into an outside linebacker, "Newton's Football" illuminates football--and science--through funny, insightful stories told by some of the world's sharpest minds.
With a clear-eyed empirical approach--and an exuberant affection for the game--St. John and Ramirez address topics that have long beguiled scientists and football fans alike, including:
- the unlikely evolution of the football (or, as they put it, "The Divinely Random Bounce of the Prolate Spheroid")
- what Vince Lombardi has in common with Isaac Newton
- how the hardwired behavior of monkeys can explain a head coach's reluctance to go for it on fourth-down
- why a gruesome elevator accident jump-started the evolution of placekicking
- how Teddy Roosevelt saved football using the same behavioral science concept that Dreamworks would use to save "Shrek"
- why woodpeckers don't get concussions
- how better helmets actually made the game more dangerous
Every Sunday the NFL shares a secret with only its savviest fans: The game isn't just a clash of bodies, it's a clash of ideas. The greatest minds in football have always possessed an instinctual grasp of science, understanding the big ideas and gritty realities that inform the game's rich past, as well as its increasingly uncertain future.
Blending smart reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, "Newton's Football" takes gridiron analysis to the next level, giving fans a book that entertains, enlightens, and explains the game anew.
Advance praise for "Newton's Football"
"It was with great interest that I read "Newton's Football." I'm a fan of applying of science to sport and "Newton's Football "truly delivers. The stories are as engaging as they are informative. This is a great read for all football fans."--Mark Cuban
"Equal parts Isaac Newton and Cam Newton, this book is as thoroughly entertaining and engrossing as a fall Sunday afternoon on the couch."--L. Jon Wertheim, executive editor of "Sports Illustrated" and bestselling co-author of "Scorecasting"
"Nothing is more bipartisan than America's love for football. And "Newton's Football" will unite readers of all stripes by merging science and sports in a fresh and fascinating fashion. Read this book and you'll never again watch a game the same way."--Chris Mooney, "New York Times" bestselling author of "The Republican War on Science
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"A fascinating melding of science and sport, at once lively and illuminating, rich with knowledge of the game and arresting explanations of its winning strategies."--Daniel J. Kevles, Yale University

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Number of Pages: 250
Original Languages: English
Author: St. John, Allen ,  Ramirez, Ainissa G., Ph.d.
Publisher: Random House Inc
ISBN-13: 9780345545145
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H): 6.75 x 9.75 x 1.25 Inches
ISBN-10: 0345545141
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