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How to Take a Penalty: The Mathematical Curiosities of Sport

Popular Science

By: Rob Eastaway and John Haigh

192 pages, Illus

Robson Books

Hardback | Jun 2005 | #154245 | ISBN: 1861058365
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Why might it help a penalty taker to look at a clock before he kicks the ball? Does winning the toss actually matter? And why should some people consider playing darts blindfold? 'How to Take a Penalty' takes a novel and intriguing look at sport, by exploring the mathematics behind the action. Discover, for instance, the surprising links between boxing and figure skating and between American football and cricket, the unusual location of England's earliest 'football' (in a parish church), the 26.5-degree 'trick' snooker shot, the pros and cons of being a consistent golfer, and the formula for winning a game of tennis.

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Rob Eastaway is the author of the best-selling 'What Is a Googly?' (186105629X), 'Why Do Buses Come in Threes?' (1861058624), 'How Long Is a Piece of String?' (1861056257) and 'Mindbenders and Brainteasers' (1861055625). He is also responsible for running the Coopers and Lybrand world ratings for cricket, one of sport?s best-known mathematical models. He lives in London SE22.

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