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Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports

by Simon Shapiro

2017 TD Summer Reading Club Recommended Reads List Best Books for Kids & Teens 2016, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association American Association for the Advancement of Science 2017 SB&F Prize finalist Canadian Science Writers’ Association Youth Book Award finalist 2017 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination Red Maple Award nomination, Ontario Library Association

What do athletes and rocket scientists have in common?

It takes a lot of talent, skill, and hard work to become a world-class athlete. But it takes even more to make a sport better: it takes smarts! And whether innovators are aware of it or not, it takes an understanding of physics, mechanics, and aerodynamics to come up with better techniques and equipment.

From swimming, soccer, and basketball to skateboarding and wheelchair sports, Faster Higher Smarter looks at the hard science behind many inventions and improvements in sports.
Readers will find out how the introduction of the aluminum bat changed baseball; how a slapshot works, and what’s involved in bending a ball like Beckham. It also covers the history of such
milestones as the introduction of diversity, disabled athletes, and women in sport.

Entertaining, informative, and highly visual, this book is the perfect way to introduce scientific concepts to kids who love sports.


“… contains a treasure trove of information for those interested in sports and science. A good purchase for libraries …”
—School Library Journal, 04/16

“Fun, educational and engaging …”
—CM Reviews, 10/14/16

“Colorful anecdotes and thumbnail sketches … help author Simon Shapiro educate as well as entertain readers.”
—Science Magazine (American Association for the Advancement of Science), 12/05/16