Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game Pro-Edition

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'Football looked at in a very different way' Pat Nevin, former Chelsea and Everton star and football media analystFootball - the most mathematical of sports. From shot statistics and league tables to the geometry of passing and managerial strategy, the modern game is filled with numbers, patterns and shapes. How do we make sense of them? The answer lies in the mathematical models applied in biology, physics and economics. Soccermatics brings football and mathematics together in a mind-bending synthesis, using numbers to help reveal the inner workings of the beautiful game.This new and expanded edition analyses the current big-name players and teams using mathematics, and meets the professionals working inside football who use numbers and statistics to boost performance.Welcome to the world of mathematical modelling, expressed brilliantly by David Sumpter through the prism of football. No matter who you follow - from your local non-league side to the big boys of the Premiership, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A or the MLS - you'll be amazed at what mathematics has to teach us about the world's favourite sport.

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ISBN-13: 9781472924148
ISBN-10: 1472924142
Pagini: 352
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 28 mm
Greutate: 0.24 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Bloomsbury Sigma
Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom


Taps into the zeitgeist of recent 'popular maths' treatments, and introduces a range of interesting mathematical principles - plus a surprising amount of theoretical biology - via footballing tales, anecdotes and analogies

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David Sumpter is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Uppsala, Sweden. Born in London but raised in Scotland, he completed his doctorate in Mathematics at Manchester, and was a Royal Society Research Fellow in Oxford before heading to Sweden.David's research has shown how mathemtiacs can be applied ot anything and everything, and in particular to social behaviour. An incomplete list of his research projects includes: pigeons flying in pairs over Oxford; clapping undergraduate students in the north of England; swarms of locusts traveling across the Sahara; disease spread in remote Ugandan villages; the gaze of London commuters; and the tubular structures built by Japanese amoebae. In his spare time, he exploits his mathematical expertise in training a successful under-tens football team, Uppsala IF P05. David is a Liverpool supporter with a lifelong affection for Dunfermline @djsumpter


Preface: The Kick-offPart I: On the PitchChapter 1: I Never Predict Anything and I Never WillChapter 2: How Slime Moulds Built BarcelonaChapter 3: Check My FlowChapter 4: Statistical BrillianceChapter 5: Zlatan Ibrah Rocket SciencePart II: In the DugoutChapter 6: Three Points for the Bird-brained ManagerChapter 7: The Tactical MapCHapter 8: Total Cyber DynamoChapter 9: The World in MotionPart III: From the CrowdChapter 10: You'll Never Walk AloneChapter 11: Bet Against the MassesChapter 12: Putting My Money Where My Mouth IsChapter 13: The Results Are InThe Full-Time WhistleNotes AcknowledgementsIndex


David Sumpter brings together his two passions, mathematics and football, in a highly original and entertaining way. The beautiful game illustrated through the beauty of mathematics.
A fascinating and entertaining dive into the mathematics of the beautiful game.
...Highly readable...
...You will love this book.
This is football looked at in a very different way. David Sumpter is mining a rich and deep seam here in Soccermatics, one that will become an increasingly important part of the game.
A fascinating study of the structures and patterns that underpin football matches, with revealing and surprising conclusions.
Soccermatics provides fresh insight into a game we've been watching all of our lives. But it's more than a book about football and is all the better for it.