Newton's Football

In the bestselling tradition of Freakonomics and Scorecasting comes a clever and accessible look at the big ideas underlying the science of football. 

Blending smart reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, Newton's Football takes gridiron analysis to the next level, giving fans a book that entertains, enlightens, and explains the game anew.




“…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


“ 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


Save Our Science

In Save Our Science: How to Inspire a New Generation of Scientists, long time Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez makes an impassioned call for a re-commitment to improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in our schools and throughout our society. She describes what habits we need to change to make STEM fun again, as well as a plan for how to increase every child's participation in these disciplines. The 21st century requires a new kind of learner -- not someone who can simply churn out answers by rote, as has been done in the past, but a student who can think expansively and solve problems resourcefully. In order to solve the complex problems of tomorrow, the traditional academic skills of reading, 'riting, and 'rithmetic must be replaced with creativity, curiosity, critical thinking, problem solving, and collaboration skills -- skills inherent in scientific research.








The birth of this book came from a need for a science demonstrations for my own introduction to materials science class. For some time, materials science demonstrations have been scattered over various media from various sources. After complaining that someone ought to do something about it, I eventually realized that that someone was looking at me in the mirror. With the help of the Materials Research Society and its Strange Matter Exhibit family, I decided to follow the advice of Toni Morrison. “If there's a book you really want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it.” So, this compilation is my attempt to improve the world by creating richer science experiences with demonstrations. I do hope you and your students enjoy them.

  -Ainissa Ramirez

Copyright 2013. Ainissa Ramirez