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Physics and Sport
Prof. John Barrow of the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge
A look at some applications of physics and simple mathematics to a variety of sports. We examine some aspects of weightlifting, rowing, throwing, jumping, drag car racing, balance sports, and track athletics, as well as some of the paradoxical systems of judging used in ice skating, and the effects of latitude and air resistance on some performances.
John D Barrow FRS is Director of the Millennium Mathematics Project and Professor of Mathematical Sciences in DAMTP, Cambridge University and Gresham Professor of Geometry. His principal research interests are in cosmology and he often writes and lectures for general audiences. He received the 2008 Faraday Prize for Science Communication from the Royal Society. His most recent books are 'Cosmic Imagery', about the role of pictures in the development of science, and '100 Essential Things You Didn't Know You Didn't Know', about some unusual everyday applications of mathematics.