A Scientist Explains 100 Amazing Things About the World of Sports
by John Barrow
GV 706.8 .B373 2012
New Arrivals, 2nd floor
This past weekend, I did something that I had previously thought was unthinkable – I ran a 5K. That’s right – I managed to go 3.1 miles in just over twenty-five minutes and not die from exhaustion. I enjoyed it so much that I will be doing a 10K in a couple of weeks. In honor of this feat [and the Packer game last night], I selected a book that highlights sports from a slightly different perspective.
Barrow, math professor at Cambridge University and Gersham College in London, wastes no time in diving right into the subject of science in sport with a tip for Usain Bolt and his record-breaking sprints. He features short vignettes about the sports of the world, from archery to track and field and everything in between, exposing a less-explored side of the games. If you’re a sports nut that wants to one-up your friends with your crazy trivia skills, or you like sports, math, and/or science, this book’s for you.