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The Physics of Basketball
Drain three pointers, slam dunk easily, and sink that buzzer beater from half court with the help of simple science. Your coach, physicist John J. Fontanella, shows how you can improve your game if you take advice from Isaac Newton. As you read, relive some of the great moments in the game—this time with a scientist and diehard basketball fan as your color analyst.
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published November 15th 2006 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Over the years, I have found it fascinating to read books on the physics of baseball. Curve balls do curve, knuckle balls do knuckle and scientists have come to admit to the facts that the experimentalists (baseball players) have known for decades. In this book, Fontanella, a physics professor at the United States Naval Academy and a former college basketball player, analyzes the many ways a basketball can bounce. It is very detailed yet extremely entertaining. It is so specific that he points ...more
Most of the stuff in here even a casual pickup player like me knows, even if players don't know the physics behind shooting, passing, and etc. The author warns up front that the physics get pretty deep, and they do. Still if you are willing to wade through a lot of formulas and etc., you may pick up a few things, whether you play, or whether you just enjoy watching the game.
I was hoping my game would benefit more from reading this, but actually - Ray Allens don't study physics to master the art of the jump shot - good shooters are built from a dogged attitude, a relentless work ethic, and a love of the game. However, this book could be very valuable for a shooting coach.