Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game By: David Sumpter

Soccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful GameSoccermatics: Mathematical Adventures in the Beautiful Game by David Sumpter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Once again I dive into one of my current obsessions, soccer. But this time I temper it with something I dislike a great deal, math. Math and I have had a long history of never understanding each other and constantly looking for ways to avoid figuring out our differences. But in pursuit of my new love, I decided to team up with my nemesis to win over the heart and mind of the beautiful game.

(That sounded better in my head) Mr. Sumpter does a terrific job of showing how mathematics applies to the world around us, and by using his love of soccer, he shows the in's and out's of statistics and numbers in the game. He also explains the geometry of formations and how as the game changed, the way it was played changed.

All in all, it deepened my current obsession and is quite the enjoyable read if you are a fan of either subject.

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Killing Gravity By : Corey J White

Killing GravityKilling Gravity by Corey J. White
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

FUN?!?! yes...very fun. However, while this is a rocking space opera that honestly wouldn't be out of place on a network somewhere, I kinda give it a 3.5586 stars.

Really cool characters, cool story, tons of action, but the whole thing feels like its missing something. It seems like this was a bigger story and the author cut big chunks out sort of at random. I understand the novella form and although I am still not a huge fan of reading them (mainly due to my reading speed) I totally get it.

I did have a lot of fun reading this, BUT next time I really wish there was a bit more meat on the bone so to speak.

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