In Newton’s Football, a journalist and scientist explore the unexpected science behind America’s Game, from why woodpeckers don’t get concussions to why coaches act like primates when it comes to risk. Newton’s Football illuminates football—and science—through funny, insightful stories told by some of the world’s sharpest minds.
...fun and thought-provoking, proving that football is a mind game as much as it is a ball game.– Publishers Weekly
…what makes this book so enjoyable is the authors' revealing of how academic disciplines such as Boolean algebra and paleontology are present in such a brutish sport—and it never comes across as a sleep-inducing college lecture… Both self-proclaimed geeks and the sports-averse can appreciate this "gridiron version of the scientific method.– Kirkus Review
…I'm a fan of applying of science to sport and Newton's Football truly delivers. The stories are as engaging as they are informative. This is a great read for all football fans.– Mark Cuban
Equal parts Isaac Newton and Cam Newton, this book is as thoroughly entertaining and engrossing as a fall Sunday afternoon on the couch.– Jon Wertheim, Sports Illustrated and author of Scorecasting
A fascinating melding of science and sport, at once lively and illuminating, rich with knowledge of the game and arresting explanations of its winning strategies.– Daniel J. Kevles, Yale University
… Newton's Football will unite readers of all stripes by merging science and sports in a fresh and fascinating fashion. Read this book and you'll never again watch a game the same way.– Chris Mooney, New York Times bestselling author of The Republican War on Science
… Newton's Football, a breezily informative and fun exploration of the science behind this popular pastime, from Vince Lombardi's use of game theory to helmet design and why woodpeckers don't get concussions.– Jennifer Ouellette, author of The Calculus Diaries
Football is a great game to watch, but Allen St. John and Ainissa Ramirez make it a great game to think about as well. … This book is a terrific read.– James Trefil, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Physics at George Mason University and co-author of The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy
Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D. is a science evangelist who is dedicated to making science fun for people of all ages. She is the author of Save Our Science (TED Books) and co-author of Newton’s Football (Random House). More about Ainissa.