The Physics of Basketball

The Physics of Basketball

by John J. Fontanella
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

Physics Education
Perfect physics aid for basketball fans.

— Ken Zetie

Annapolis Capital
Fontanella writes with humor and feeling.

— Earl Kelly

Choice

He merges teaching about physics with tips on how to improve the game... With Fontanella's guidance, much is learned about physics, basketball, and the scientific method. Highly recommended.

International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching
The Physics of Basketball bridges the gap between sports science and coaching by introducing many practical ideas that have likely never been considered... recommended reading for all basketball coaches.

— Steve Watkins

Hoopsworld.com - Bill Ingram

The Physics of Basketball takes the game to a whole new level.

Physics Education - Ken Zetie

Perfect physics aid for basketball fans.

Annapolis Capital - Earl Kelly

Fontanella writes with humor and feeling.

International Journal of Sports Science & Coaching - Steve Watkins

The Physics of Basketball bridges the gap between sports science and coaching by introducing many practical ideas that have likely never been considered... recommended reading for all basketball coaches.

Hoopsworld.com
The Physics of Basketball takes the game to a whole new level.

— Bill Ingram, Executive Editor, Basketball News Services

Booklist

An unusual book, certain to attract both the sports fan and the armchair scientist.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801889523
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
02/01/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
168
Sales rank:
940,989
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

What People are saying about this

Morgan Wootten

A unique approach to the fundamentals of basketball. This book is a must read for any player, coach, or spectator.

Morgan Wootten, all-time winningest high school basketball coach, hall of famer, and the Naismith Foundation’s "Coach of the Century"

Brenda Frese

We analyze and overanalyze the game from so many different angles that it is hard to find a new one. John Fontanella has done just that, breaking the game down in a very interesting way.

Brenda Frese, Head Coach, University of Maryland (2006 NCAA Champions)

Dr. C. Ronald Galbreath

John Fontanella, whose success as a shooter approached perfection, has applied physics to the everyday world of basketball. It will tremendously enhance the game that he loves. I highly recommend his book for coaches, players, and fans who want an insightful understanding of the science of shooting a basketball.

Dr. C. Ronald Galbreath, Women’s Basketball Coach, Geneva College

Meet the Author

John J. Fontanella is a physics professor at the United States Naval Academy.

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