Beating the Odds: The Hidden Mathematics of Sport Paperback – 11 Aug 2007
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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".See all Product Description
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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
The book covers all major sports that are played in the UK, as well as mentions of a few others. It's really a series of weakly related observations or notes about various mathematical patterns that are seen in sport. For example, some of the topics covered are:
-The shapes of balls
-Tactics for taking penalties in football
-Interpretation of the forward pass rule in rugby
-Subjective scoring in sports such as figure skating and boxing
-The influence of winning a coin toss
-Where to aim at a dartboard
-Tactics for serving in tennis
-Angles in snooker
-Scoring systems in different sports and how they influence the results
-How to make sports more exciting
This is probably one of those slightly geeky books that won't appeal to everyone, but if maths and sport are your cup of tea to some extent then you will probably find something interesting here.
For some reason, the publishers have rearranged the chapters, so that, for instance, Chapter One in 2007 is now Chapter 6, Chapter 5 has been relegated to Chapter 15 and, somewhat surprisingly, Chapters 5 and 9 have become the new Chapter 7.
I was very disappointed at this sleight-of-hand, and, although the price was not great, feel extremely let down.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book that contains the trivia you need to understand if you were to commentate on a British sport such as cricket or darts or snooker, with some football and tennis and... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Athan
To get an edge professional sport is more and more reliant on mathematics.
The book is easy to read and understand.
For fans of sport and statistics this is a great book. Even if you think you're just a sports fan you will in fact love statistics too. Think league tables, goal difference etcPublished 19 months ago by P
A very enjoyable read, some fascinating insights. I think it could have benefitted from a bit more explanation in places, for example why golf balls travel further when covered in... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark G.
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