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

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

Allen St. John


In the bestselling culture of Freakonomics and Scorecasting comes a smart and available examine the large rules underlying the technological know-how of football. 
 
Did you listen the only in regards to the MacArthur genius physicist and the NFL trainer? it is not a funny story. it is truly an leading edge approach to comprehend chaos thought, and the impressive complexity of recent specialist football.
 
In Newton's Football, journalist and New York Times bestselling writer Allen St. John and TED talker and previous Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez discover the unforeseen technology at the back of America's online game. no matter if it really is Jerry Rice discovering the typical flooring among quantum physics and the West Coast offense or an Ivy League biologist explaining--at a granular level--exactly how an important Mac morphs into an out of doors linebacker, Newton's Football illuminates football--and science--through humorous, insightful tales advised through the various world's sharpest minds.
 
With a clear-eyed empirical approach--and an exuberant affection for the game--St. John and Ramirez deal with subject matters that experience lengthy beguiled scientists and soccer fanatics alike, including:
 
* the not going evolution of the soccer (or, as they placed it, "The Divine Random jump of the Prolate Spheroid")
* what Vince Lombardi has in universal with Isaac Newton
* how the hardwired habit of monkeys can clarify a head coach's reluctance to head for it on fourth-down
* why a ugly elevator coincidence jump-started the evolution of placekicking
* how Teddy Roosevelt kept soccer utilizing an analogous behavioral technology idea that Dreamworks might use to save lots of Shrek
* why woodpeckers do not get concussions
* how higher helmets truly made the sport extra dangerous
 
each Sunday the NFL stocks a mystery with purely its savviest fanatics: the sport is not just a conflict of our bodies, it is a conflict of rules. the best minds in soccer have constantly possessed an instinctual seize of technology, figuring out the large rules and gritty realities that tell the game's wealthy earlier, in addition to its more and more doubtful future.
 
mixing clever reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, Newton's Football takes gridiron research to the subsequent point, giving lovers a booklet that entertains, enlightens, and explains the sport anew.

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