From School Library Journal
YA --An exceptional volume about some of the physical principles involved in the game of baseball. The flight of the ball, pitching, batting, and the properties of bats are discussed in nontechnical language that can be understood by young adults familiar with introductory physics. Short chapters, which include clear and helpful diagrams, each conclude with technical notes that can be skipped or studied closely, depending on readers' interests. Baseball players or fans and budding physicists should be intrigued by Adair's explanations of the effect of the stitching on the distance the ball travels, of the relative merits of wooden and aluminum bats, and of why spitting on the ball does make a difference. This is a book that makes science real, relevant, and fun without being gimmicky or overly simplistic. --Jane Hanley Greene, Prince George's County Memorial Lib . System, Hyattsville, MD
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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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.