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Beating the Odds: The Hidden Mathematics of Sport [Paperback]

Rob Eastaway , John Haigh
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11 Aug 2007
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EDITION IS NOT AVAILABLE. Please refer to new addition Hidden Mathematics of Sport. ISBN 9781907554223 Beating The Odds takes a novel and intriguing look at sport, by exploring the mathematics behind the action. Discover the best tactics for taking a penalty, the pros and cons of being a consistent golfer, the surprising link between boxing and figure skating, the unusual location of England's earliest 'football' (in a parish church), and the formula for winning a game of tennis. Whatever your sporting interests, you will find plenty to absorb and amuse you in this insightful book - and maybe you will even find some new strategies for beating the odds.


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  • Paperback: 179 pages
  • Publisher: Portico; illustrated edition edition (11 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905798121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905798124
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.1 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 339,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Rob Eastaway has written several bestselling books connecting maths with everyday life, including "Why do Buses Come in Threes?" and "How Many Socks Make a Pair?". His first book "What is a googly?", an introduction to cricket, was famously presented by John Major to President Bush (snr) at Camp David in 1992. He appears regularly on radio and has given talks about maths across the UK, at venues ranging from The Theatre Royal Bath to Pentonville Prison (one place where he could guarantee a captive audience). He was President of the Mathematical Association from 2007-8. He is married with three young children.

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PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EDITION IS NOT AVAILABLE. Please refer to new addition Hidden Mathematics of Sport. ISBN 9781907554223 This book is priceless, even indispensable -- Sunday Telegraph, August 9 2005. This is a light, lovely and well-written book that will reward both sport-lovers and those indifferent to it. With becoming modesty, the authors call it a "dip-in book". It is also more. There is consistent regard for the importance of sport in human history. --The Times, August 18 2007

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This book is now out of print. A new, updated and redesigned edition was published in 2011 entitled "The Hidden Mathematics of Sport".

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating book 9 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
For anyone, like me, who happens to be independently interested in maths and sport, this book is nerd heaven. My personal obsessions are cricket, football and snooker, so I was thrilled to see chapters explaining interesting mathematical facts and approaches to all three of these sports. This is the best 'loo' book you could wish for - and I mean that totally as a compliment!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the division 3 Dec 2007
By Bob Z
Format:Paperback
Accessible, interesting and full of historical as well as mathematical curiosities. Was alerted to this book by a good review in The Times. Be warned, this book came out under a different title ('How to Take a Penalty') when it was a hardback so don't buy both books thinking they are different.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 13 Oct 2011
By GarryA
Format:Hardcover
If you like sport and you like numbers then this is the book for you. Intriguing from start to finish. I read it in 3 sessions. The maths is easy to follow and for those who want a bit more depth it is provided at the end.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great fascinating read 24 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
I found this book after reading a review in The Guardian while doing research - and here is the wisdom of authors and publishers allowing brief reads on Amazon. I read a page, then another, then another and was hooked, I had to have it.
What makes my purchase all the more remarkable is that I have little interest in sport, unless dragged to a match or my country is playing a major match and my mathematical ability is dangerous to put it mildly, but this book has been written so well and is so accessible that I have no hesitation in recommending it for a great few hours weekend reading, a wonderful gift for the sports fanatic in your life and an essential research and resource tool
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining 26 Feb 2013
By TT
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A good read that you can pick up at any stage. Very up to date and lots of interesting links
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