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In this fascinating collection from Popular Mechanics, contributors like Chicago Cubs manager Lou Pinella, Olympic swimming coach Bob Bowman, pitcher-turned-announcer Jim Kaat, and sports-and-science journalist Peter Brancazio focus a scientific lens on athletic achievement, explaining the biology, chemistry, and physics behind the winning stroke, hit, throw, dive, kick, punch, and slam dunk. Find out what made the Sultan of Swat's swing so sensational. Learn about the anatomy of Andy Roddick's tennis serve (his 155-mph scorcher set a record as the world's fastest in 2004). And discover why, aerodynamically speaking, Beckham can bend it. You'll also find an insightful foreword by sports columnist and author Robert Lipsyte.

Why a Curveball Curves

 By Frank Vizard and Robert Lipsyte  

 

Even Issac Newton found the junction between sports and physics fascinating—in 1671, inspired by watching a vigorous tennis match, he wrote a paper on the phenomena of the spinning ball trajectory. From biomechanics and fluid dynamics, Why a Curveball Curves: The Incredible Science of Sports takes us on an exploration of the science behind just about every sport you can think of. It covers hockey, cycling, basketball, golf, boxing, football and yes, baseball. Written for both the athlete and the fan, this book includes tips on better performance and insight into what happens physically during athletic performance. This collection of facts comes to us from the experts at Popular Mechanics, as well as top athletes, coaches and sports journalists. Softcover, 224 pages.




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