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Some Mathematics of Baseball
Henry O. Pollak
Selected Lectures
1993; 60 minutes; DVD
ISBN-10: 0-8218-4920-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-4920-0
List Price: US$25
Order Code: DVD/86
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Get out your mitts, your baseballs, your bats--and your calculators? This DVD of the 1991 Pi Mu Epsilon J. Sutherland Frame Lecture presents a delightful tour through a myriad of ways of applying mathematics to baseball; and the best thing is, you don't have to be a baseball fan to enjoy it! Witty, engaging, and indefatigable, Pollak pursues his topic with a passion: "Once this gets in your blood, you just don't stop!" He doesn't just stick to those dry statistics that sportswriters bandy about--he actually builds models to analyze the game and discusses why the models work in some ways and don't in others. Well-paced and lucid, with a judicious use of numbers and calculations, the lecture is accessible to students having a familiarity with basic probability theory. It makes an excellent classroom enrichment tool, especially when shown around the time of the World Series.

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