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Modern Sports Helmets: Their History, Science, and Art (Schiffer Books) Hardcover – July 1, 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
The Big Beautiful Pictures alone are worth the cost of the book, Dr. Newman has helmets in the book that you won't find anywhere but private collections.
The technical chapters such as 4. The Biomechanics of Head Trauma and 5. Standards Development give an excellent overview and even full scientific references in the Endnotes chapter.
In summary, I strongly recommend this book for anyone with a personal or professional interest in helmets: why we need them, how they work, why they are the way they are.
ACT Lab LLC
Perhaps the biggest criticism that can be made to the book is that the text portions describing the standards in head protection are very much disconnected from the significant image bank collected by the authors in their compilation for the book. The book is a strange hybrid in the sense that its scientific content is neither deep enough for the dedicated scientist or engineer to find it useful, nor is it accessible enough for the layman to understand without a fairly comprehensive scientific or engineering education.
Having said that, if you are interested in helmets, or are looking for a book to inspire you in designing a new one without having to engage in heavy Google-Image searching a perfect helmet to be inspired from, then maybe this is the book for you. If you are a scientist or an engineer, however, perhaps you would be better off starting out at the regulatory agencies' sites and going through their material instead of relying on this workpiece to complete your research.