The Physics of Basketball

The Physics of Basketball

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Having played basketball himself in high school and college, Fontanella (physics, US Naval Academy) to a large extent explains the physics underlying the good advice he had from his coaches. Parts of the book are quite technical as he uses physics to distinguish good technique from bad. He has no advice for coaches. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Johns Hopkins University Press

Drain three pointers, slam dunk easily, and sink that buzzer beater from half court with the help of simple science. Your coach, physicist John J. Fontanella, shows how you can improve your game if you take advice from Isaac Newton. As you read, relive some of the great moments in the game—this time with a scientist and diehard basketball fan as your color analyst.

Find out why you ought to put spin on the ball. Get tips on how to improve your free throw and increase your percentage from the charity stripe. You’ll even learn how to shatter the backboard, if that’s something you’ve always dreamed of doing.

With photographs and simple high school formulas, physics professor Fontanella—who played in college against Pittsburgh and Syracuse—reveals the key pieces of physics that underscore basketball. He covers almost every aspect of the game, weaving in stories from games he’s played and games he’s seen, and tales from basketball history and folklore. Physics comes alive as you see how Kobe Bryant, Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Becky Hammon, and J. J. Reddick do naturally the things that Isaac Newton says they should.

Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006
ISBN: 9780801885136
Branch Call Number: 796.32301 F735p 2006
Characteristics: xiv, 150 p. : ill. ; 23 cm


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You wont learn too much about the history of the game with this one, but maybe you can read about how to drain that 3pt shot with a consistency that would make me jealous.

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