By Allen St. John, Ainissa Ramirez
In the bestselling culture of Freakonomics and Scorecasting comes a smart and obtainable examine the massive rules underlying the technological know-how of soccer.
Did you listen the only in regards to the MacArthur genius physicist and the NFL trainer? It’s no longer a shaggy dog story. It’s truly an leading edge solution to comprehend chaos idea, and the striking complexity of contemporary specialist football.
In Newton’s Football, journalist and New York Times bestselling writer Allen St. John and TED Speaker and previous Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez discover the unforeseen technological know-how at the back of America’s video game. even if it’s 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 instructed via a few of the world’s sharpest minds.
With a clear-eyed empirical approach—and an exuberant affection for the game—St. John and Ramirez deal with issues that experience lengthy beguiled scientists and soccer fanatics alike, including:
• the not likely evolution of the soccer (or, as they placed it, “The Divinely Random leap 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 move for it on fourth-down
• why a grotesque elevator coincidence jump-started the evolution of placekicking
• how Teddy Roosevelt kept soccer utilizing an identical behavioral technological know-how idea that Dreamworks could use to save lots of Shrek
• why woodpeckers don’t get concussions
• how greater helmets really made the sport extra dangerous
Every Sunday the NFL stocks a mystery with in basic terms its savviest enthusiasts: the sport isn’t only a conflict of our bodies, it’s a conflict of rules. the best minds in soccer have continuously possessed an instinctual seize of technological know-how, figuring out the large rules and gritty realities that tell the game’s wealthy earlier, in addition to its more and more doubtful future.
Blending shrewdpermanent reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, Newton’s Football takes gridiron research to the following point, giving lovers a ebook that entertains, enlightens, and explains the sport anew.
Praise for Newton’s Football
“It used to be with nice curiosity that I learn Newton’s Football. I’m partial to utilising of technological know-how to recreation and Newton’s soccer truly provides. The tales are as enticing as they're informative. this can be a nice learn for all soccer fans.”—Mark Cuban
“A delightfully unbelievable e-book placing technological know-how nerds and activities fanatics at the comparable page.”—Booklist
“This breezily-written yet informative booklet should still pique the curiosity of any severe soccer fan within the twenty-first century.”—The American Spectator
“The authors have performed a important task of mixing renowned technology and activities right into a paintings that includes adequate services on each one subject to fulfill nerds and jocks alike. . . . The writers achieve their activity due to in-depth medical wisdom, an excellent seize of football’s prior and current, interviews with a big selection of specialists, and witty prose. . . . [Newton’s Football is] enjoyable and thought-provoking, proving that soccer is a brain online game up to it's a ball game.”—Publishers Weekly