The Physics of Skiing: Skiing at the Triple Point Paperback – 1 Jan 1997
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Intended for the general reader, skiing enthusiast, and scientifically literate, this book covers the physics of skiing and the physical properties of natural and man-made materials (i.e. snow and skis) with much attention paid to the dynamics of movement. "The triple point" in this book has two meanings: one being the point where the three potential states of water (solid, liquid, and vapour) coexist and which obviously is of special concern to skiers. The second "triple point" occurs when the increased understanding of the "how" and "why" joins with the experience of "wow" and we feel the fullest enjoyment of the sport of skiing.
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Whats not to like:
1: its fairly expensive, especially compared to the excellent "Ultimate Skiing" by Ron LeMaster)
2: it's not new, latest edition dated 2002, most references are pre 1990 (DO get the latest edition, modern carving skis are well treated here)
3: it's not going to teach you how to ski. (the book may help you understand what the instructor says, however)
US Amazon displays reviews from dissatisfied customers. They all have a point, but they mostly reflect these readers (incorrect) assumption about what to find in this book.
My advice: first read "Ultimate Skiing". If you still miss more geometry and mathematics, consider "The Physics of Skiing"
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I was a science major in college, have two advanced degrees, feel comfortable with high tech equipment and I felt like I was reading a college textbook when I read this book.