Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Baseball Book from One of our Contributors

Baseball + Numbers = Fun & Games: Math & Ratings for Young FansThis "Teach to Fish" book introduces concepts of math & baseball to share interesting baseball lore & history, teach math - and develop ratings of all-time great teams & batters. The authors devise games, including a baseball simulation game in the style of Strat-O-Matic & APBA Baseball - complete in this book. The book's foreword, by William Keat, PhD, professor at Union College on Carlton Chin: "The predictive power of mathematics … along with his joy of competition, underpins his unique professional journey from predicting material behavior as an engineering student at MIT, predicting human behavior as … nationally known financial analyst, to predicting athletic performance as author and contributor to the New York Times." "An athlete is his own right, numbers and statistics are Carlton's means to a greater understanding of the sports he loves. In my own experience as a teacher of engineering, I know that the converse is also true, that sports can be used to inspire a greater understanding of science and mathematics." Cover illustration: Julia Chin's rendition of Elysian Fields in Hoboken, NJ, the birthplace of organized baseball in the 1840s.

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