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The Physics of Football with Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Huddle up with geeks of the gridiron—New York Giants linebackers Jonathan Goff and Chase Blackburn, and Giants tight end Travis Beckum. Goff has true geek credentials with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, while Blackburn knows all the angles on the football field thanks to his degree in mathematics. “Everything about football is applied physics—from blocking and tackling to the Hail Mary, says Charles Liu, astrophysicist football fan. Liu explains the physics of tackling, touchdowns, and tossing the ball, and tells us what it would be like to play football on the Moon. Comedian Chuck Nice provides color commentary for our Superbowl of science.

Episode: Season 2, Episode 7 – The Physics of Football

Co-host: Chuck Nice: comedian

Guests: Charles Liu: professor of engineering science and physics at City University in New York, Travis Beckum: New York Giants tight end, Chase Blackburn: New York Giants linebacker, Jonathan Goff: New York Giants linebacker.

Air date: 31 January 2011

Run time: 42 minutes

ISBN: 978-1-61544-910-1