Physics of Baseball- LIVE STREAM
Can't make it to 'The Physics of Baseball: You Can Observe A Lot By Watching' live? Join us via Live Stream! Hear all that Dr. Alan Nathan will impart to our live audience in real time over the internet.
Register today, and we will send you a link to login before the presentation begins from US Cellular Field on Thursday, August 1. The lecture portion of the event begins at 6 pm, and the Q&A is expected to conclude around 7:30 p.m.
More on the Program:
Following Yogi's advice, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois Alan Nathan will use high-speed video clips to highlight some of the interesting physics underlying the game of baseball. The talk will focus on the subtleties of the baseball-bat collision, the intricacies of the flight of a baseball, and many other things. He will investigate some very practical questions and show how a physicist goes about trying to answer these questions. Some examples:
- What is the"sweet spot" of a bat?
- How does the batter's grip affect the batted ball?
- Why does aluminum outperform wood?
- What determines how far a fly ball travels?
- How much does a curve ball break?
- What's the deal with the knuckleball?
Dr. Nathan's talk should have something for everybody, whether your interest is baseball, physics, or the connection between them.
Alan Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois. After a long career as an experimental nuclear physicist, he now spends his time researching the physics of the national pastime. He has written numerous papers on the subject for scientific journals, primarily on the physics of the ball-bat collision and the flight of a baseball. In addition, he has lectured on the subject to both scientific and popular audiences and maintains a frequently visited "physics of baseball" website, baseball.physics.illinois.edu. He sits by his phone each day hoping for a call from the Boston Red Sox.