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As anyone from cold climates knows, living with lots of ice and snow can lead to a special appreciation of sports such as skiing, sledding, and skating. Prolific physics popularizer Mark Denny's take on winter athletics lays out the physical principles that govern glaciated game play.

After discussing the physical properties of ice and snow and describing the physics behind sliding friction and aerodynamic drag, Denny applies these concepts to such sports as bobsledding, snowboarding, and curling. He explains why clap skates would only hinder hockey players, how a curling rock curls, the forces that control luge speed, and how steering differs from skiing to snowboarding. With characteristic accuracy and a touch of wit, Denny provides fans, competitors, and coaches with handy, applicable insights into the games they love. The separate section of technical notes offers an original and mathematically rigorous exploration of the key aspects of winter sports physics.

A physics-driven exploration of sports played on ice and snow that is truly fun and informative, Gliding for Gold is the perfect primer for understanding the science behind cold weather athletics.

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Semi-retired now from academia and business, British theoretical physicist Denny has written a number of popular science books, and continues here by explaining the physics of sports played on snow and ice. He covers skating on thin ice, down the slippery slope, pucks and rocks, skiing on the slopes and on the level, and ski jumping and snowboarding--on snow and air. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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Denny, Mark
Johns Hopkins University Press
Physics-Quantum Mechanics
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