The Physics of Baseball: "You Can Observe A Lot By Watching"
U.S. Cellular Field
333 West 35th Street
60616 Chicago, IL
United States
41° 49' 45.6492" N, 87° 38' 1.6368" W

The Physics of Baseball: "You Can Observe A Lot By Watching"

"You Can Observe A Lot By Watching" - Yogi Berra

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Following Yogi's advice, Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois Alan Nathan will use high-speed video clips to highlight some of the interesting physics underlying the game of baseball.  The talk will focus on the subtleties of the baseball-bat collision, the intricacies of the flight of a baseball, and many other things. He will investigate some very practical questions and show how a  physicist goes about trying to answer these questions. Some examples:

  • What is the"sweet spot" of a bat?
  • How does the batter's grip affect the batted ball?
  • Why does aluminum outperform wood?
  • What determines how far a fly ball travels?
  • How much does a curve ball break?
  • What's the deal with the knuckleball?

Dr. Nathan's talk should have something for everybody, whether your interest is baseball, physics, or the connection between them.

Thursday, August 1st, 2013,  4PM to 7PM, at U.S. Cellular Field, 333 West 35th Street

4:00pm to 4:30pm: Field Visit - dugouts and warning track
4:30pm to 6:00pm: Magellan Scout Lounge reception
6:00pm to 7:30pm: The Physics of Baseball presentation

Seats for this program are limited.

RSVP Required - $20 for C2ST members / $25 for non-members

Alan Nathan is Professor Emeritus of Physics at the University of Illinois. After a long career as an experimental nuclear physicist, he now spends his time researching the physics of the national pastime. He has written numerous papers on the subject for scientific journals, primarily on the physics of the ball-bat collision and the flight of a baseball. In addition, he has lectured on the subject to both scientific and popular audiences and maintains a frequently visited "physics of baseball" website, baseball.physics.illinois.edu. He sits by his phone each day hoping for a call from the Boston Red Sox.

Directions to U.S. Cellular Field’s
Gate 3

From Chicago via Lake Shore Drive:
Lake Shore Drive South to the I-55 (Stevenson) exitFollow signs indicating 90/94 East
Stay in Right Lane (90/94 Local)
Once entering the flow of traffic on 90/94 – move into the right lane
35th Street exit comes up quickly!
Exit at 35th Street – turn right on 35th
Take a left into U.S. Cellular Field, proceed to Gate 3
Enter at Gate 3

From Chicago via 90/94 East (Dan Ryan):
90/94 East to 35th Street
Exit at 35th Street – turn right on 35th
Take a left into U.S. Cellular Field, proceed to Gate 3
Enter at Gate 3

From South via 94 West (Dan Ryan):
I-94 West to 35th Street
Take a left onto 35th Street
Take a left into U.S. Cellular Field, proceed to Gate 3
Enter at Gate 3

From West via I-290 (Eisenhower):
I-290 East to I-94 East (Dan Ryan) to 35th Street
Exit at 35th Street – turn right on 35th
Take a left into U.S. Cellular Field, proceed to Gate 3
Enter at Gate 3