Discover the science of bone-crunching hits, soaring field goals, and awe-inspiring passes with Tim Gay's, professor of physics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. *Timothy Gay presented his series of one-minute physics lecture at TLU in the fall of 2011.
Timothy Gay was born in Ashtabula, Ohio on 23 March, 1953. He was raised in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, a farming community of 1000 people in western Ohio. An only child, his parents are William Gay (deceased), a United Church of Christ pastor, and Annabeth McClelland Gay, a retired church musician. Gay attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachussets, graduating in 1971. At Andover, he was the manager of the varsity football team his senior year. Players on that team included Bill Belichick, who has coached the New England Patriots to three Super Bowl victories, Ernie Adams, an assistant coach with the New England Patriots, and Milt Holt, a former State Senator from Hawaii and the starting quarterback for Harvard for four years.
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The Physics of Football
Discover the Science of Bone-Crunching Hits, Soaring Field Goals, and Awe-Inspiring Passes
by Timothy Gay, Ph.D.

from HarperCollins Publishers

Do you cringe when a linebacker flattens a quarterback? Hold your breath when a field goal sails toward the goalpost? Watch in amazement as a touchdown pass spirals down the field? Behind those big hits, long kicks, and sensational throws is a science that will give you a whole new perspective on the game of football.

A combination of Stephen Hawking and Mike Ditka, physicist and football fan Timothy Gay breaks down the fundamental laws of physics that govern America's most exciting spectator sport. To illustrate the science behind the game, he highlights some of football's recent memorable moments, along with legendary feats from the likes of Franco Harris and Joe Montana.
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Author of The Physics of Football, Timothy Gay, provides a resource for physics teachers to use in the classroom.
This talk discusses a series of one-minute physics lectures given to the ~ 8 x 104 fans that attend the University of Nebraska home football games. The lecture topics range from gyroscopic motion to ionizing collisions between linebackers and I-backs. The problem of simultaneous edific