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Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. It is also an endless scientific panorama. Every movement by the players and each interaction with the ball involves physics, fluid mechanics, biology, and physiology, to name just a few of the scientific disciplines. In a book that targets middle and high school players, Taylor begins with a history of soccer and its physical and mathematical aspects. He then addresses important questions such as how and why a ball bounces, how the ball spins, and what these dynamics mean for the game. He introduces readers to the science of kicking, heading, and trapping and looks at the sources of the energy required to run, jump, and kick for an entire game. Taylor then puts it all together by following a sequence of plays and describing the science behind tactical maneuvers. Sidebars and appendices allow those with a more mathematical bent to follow the physics and perform experiments to see the effects of phenomena like drag, bounce, and spin. In addition, key terminology is highlighted, explained in the text, and summarized in the glossary.
Hot on the heels of the World Cup comes a book designed to appeal tothe young people interested in sports and to awaken their interest in science in general and physics in particular. Sticking to theprinciple that science should be taught in a fun, engaging way because it is fun and engaging, the author--a former soccer referee,an engineer and a historian, who had worked in Sandia National Laboratories in the past--takes us on a colorful and engaging tour ofthe game and of the underlying principles that are responsible for both the excitement and the strategies involved in playing it.Subjects discussed include the basics of physics (conservation laws, laws of motion, etc), fluid mechanics, biology and biochemistry andphysiology. In soccer terms: spinning and bouncing balls, kicking, heading and trapping, and energy sources and electrolytes to keep theplayers going. Specific plays are discussed in the context of these concepts and strategies are developed. Appendices include a morerigorous treatments of many concepts and describe the setup of several experiments designed to demonstrate them.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
In a book that targets middle and high school players, Taylor explains the science behind the most popular sport in the world, soccer.
About the Author
John Taylor is a former soccer referee, an engineer, a science writer, and a historian who is the author of four books on New Mexican history.