Faculty News: Baker publishes sports physics book


Sports is excitement, drama and action. It's also physics, according to Dr. Blane Baker, Wallace A. Hilton Professor of Physics. 

Dr. Blane BakerBaker completed his book "Science in the Arena: Explanations and Analyses of Performances and Phenomena in Sport," which was published in January 2019 by Morgan and Claypool Publishers. The book is part of the IOP Concise Physics series, designed to communicate physics to a wide audience. Many of the topics in the text are taken from his Sport Science course.

The book explores a number of physics questions, including what makes a curveball bend, what makes certain sprinters extraordinarily fast and how far a home run in baseball is expected to travel. More information on the book can be found here

Baker, a 1986 William Jewell alumnus, completed a master of arts and a Ph.D. from Washington University (St. Louis), and has taught at William Jewell since 1999. His areas of interest include electronics, sustainable energy and materials science, including developing novel materials for the solar and semiconductor industries. He serves on the National Council of Society of Physics Students and was elected to the National Executive Board of the American Association of Physics Teachers in 2018. In 2017, he was awarded the Outstanding Society of Physics Students Chapter Advisor Award. He is also a member of the American Physical Society and Sigma Pi Sigma.