Physics of Baseball, The

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A Sterling Professor of Physics at Yale University provides a unique and fascinating perspective on America's favorite pastime.

Did you Know . . .

  • An average head wind (10 miles per hour) can turn a 400-foot home run into a 370-foot out?
  • A curve ball that seems to break over 14 inches never actually deviates from a straight line by more tha 3 1/2 inches?
  • There is no such thing (except in softball) as a rising fastball?
  • The collision of a ball on the bat lasts only about 1/1000th of a second?
  • That a batted ball should be able to travel no father than 545 feet?

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About the Author:

Robert K. Adair was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and received both his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in physics from the University of Wisconsin. He taught physics at Wisconsin and has taught at Yale University since 1959. He has also been associated with the Brookhaven National Laboratory, most recently as associate director of nuclear and high-energy physics.

Professor Adair has written many scientific articles, several textbooks, and one other book for general readers, The Great Design: Particles, Fields, and Creation. His hobbies are physics research, hikes with his wife--and studying baseball.

About the Author:

Robert Adair is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Physics at Yale University and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. His research has largely been concerned with the properties of the elementary particles and forces of the universe.

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