Science Reference Guides
The Physics of Fun:
The Science of Sport
Science Reference Section
Science, Technology and Business Division
Library of Congress
The sports we play are potent examples, which demonstrate the influence of the laws of motion, conservation of energy, drag, inertia, friction and other scientific concepts in our daily lives. This guide lists print resources on the scientific and mathematical principles underlying various professional sports. Selections focus on physics, but many discuss biology, chemistry, engineering, kinesiology, physiology and other scientific disciplines. Materials are chosen for high school students or casual readers. This guide is a companion to Spotlight on Sports: Exploring Science in the Games We Play.
Goff, John Eric. Gold medal physics: the science of sports. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010. 214 p.
Newton at the bat: the science in sports. Edited by Eric W. Schrier and William F. Allman. Rev. ed. New York, Scribner's, 1987. 205 p.
GV558.N48 1987 / FLM 2015 175503
Ross, Stewart. Higher, further, faster: is technology improving sport? Chichester, Eng., Hoboken, NJ, Wiley/Dana Centre, c2008. 364 p.
GV745.R67 2008 / FLS 2015 058117
Why a curveball curves: the incredible science of sports. Edited by Frank Vizard. New York, Hearst Books, c2008. 224 p.
Winston, Wayne L. Mathletics: how gamblers, managers, and sports enthusiasts use mathematics in baseball, basketball, and football. Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press, c2009. 358 p.
Adair, Robert K. The physics of baseball. 3rd ed., rev., updated, and expanded. New York, Perennial, c2002. 169 p.
QC26.A23 2002 FT MEADE
Fontanella, John Joseph. The physics of basketball. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006. 150 p.
QC26.F66 2006 LANDOVR
Glaskin, Max. Cycling science: how rider and machine work together. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press, 2012. 192 p.
GV1041.G53 2012 / FLM 2014 049561
Ulanski, Stan L. The science of fly-fishing. Charlottesville, University of Virginia Press, 2003. 204 p.
Gay, Timothy J. Football physics: the science of the game. [Emmaus, PA], Rodale, c2004. 290 p.
GV959.G39 2004 <SciRR>
Golf science: optimum performance from tee to green. Edited by Mark F. Green. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 2013. 192 p.
Wesson, John. The science of golf. Oxford, New York, Oxford University Press, 2009. 273 p.
Haché, Alain. The physics of hockey. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, c2002. 184 p.
QC28.H23 2002 FT MEADE
Leslie-Pelecky, Diandra L. The physics of NASCAR: how to make steel + gas + rubber = speed. New York, Dutton, c2008. 286 p.
Kimball, John. Physics of sailing. Boca Raton, FL, CRC, c2010. 277 p.
Taylor, John. The science of soccer: a bouncing ball and a banana kick. Albuquerque, University of New Mexico Press, 2014. 99 p.
QC26.T39 2014 <SciRR>
Wesson, John. The science of soccer. New York, Taylor & Francis, 2002. 199 p.
QC26.W47 2002 LANDOVR
Butt, Tony. Surf science: an introduction to waves for surfing. 3rd ed. Honolulu, University of Hawaiʻi Press, 2014.
GC211.2.B88 2014 / FLM 2015 001694
Rowland, Thomas W. Tennisology: inside the science of serves, nerves, and on-court dominance. Champaign, IL, Human Kinetics, 2014. 196 p.
GV1002.9.P75R69 2014 / FLM 2014 157275
Gourley, Jim. Faster: demystifying the science of triathlon speed. Boulder, CO, Velo Press, 2013. 197 p.
GV1060.73.G68 2013 / FLM 2014 051048
Denny, Mark. Gliding for gold: the physics of winter sports. Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011. 189 p.
Lind, David, and Scott P. Sanders. The physics of skiing: skiing at the triple point. 2nd ed. New York, Springer, c2004. 266 p.
Compiled by Sean Bryant,