Since it’s opening day, why not take a quick look at some of the best places to learn about the scientific explanations behind a favorite American pastime!
Backed by The Exploratorium, this website offers viewers both quick facts about the science of baseball, but also interactive games and pages as well, including one game to show just how fast batters must decide to swing at a fastball (not very long, usually only 0.2 seconds!) Based in San Francisco, The Exploratorium is a indoor/outdoor, multi-level museum devoted to hands-on learning and concept exploration for visitors of all ages. With over 600 exhibits in continual rotation, the museum also boasts routine community events for visitors to the Bay Area.
If you’re looking for some serious baseball science, look no further than Alan Nathan, the man behind The Physics of Baseball (POB). A published Professor Emeritus of Physics from the University of Illinois, Nathan has devoted serious academic research to the physics behind the game of baseball. Bat vs. Ball collisions, home-run trajectories and even the mechanics of knuckleballs – he’s covered it all. Plus, a POB Youtube playlist gives viewers up-close videos to all of the physics he covers in his research. And bonus, he’s on twitter too!
Entire set of curriculum for teachers to use for student education surrounding the physical sciences surrounding the game of baseball. Designed for various education levels, the lessons are set-up to culminate with a visit to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, or a videoconference with staff members at the facility. Covering the entirety of the game, according to the Hall of Fame, the program lets students “discover how hitting, pitching, running and fielding relate to Newton’s Three Laws of Motion… [and] explore how concepts such as force, gravity, inertia, and acceleration affect a Major League player’s performance.”