Scorecasting

Author: Tobias Moskowitz
Publisher: Crown Archetype
ISBN: 0307591816
Release Date: 2011-01-25
Genre: Sports & Recreation

In Scorecasting, University of Chicago behavioral economist Tobias Moskowitz teams up with veteran Sports Illustrated writer L. Jon Wertheim to overturn some of the most cherished truisms of sports, and reveal the hidden forces that shape how basketball, baseball, football, and hockey games are played, won and lost. Drawing from Moskowitz's original research, as well as studies from fellow economists such as bestselling author Richard Thaler, the authors look at: the influence home-field advantage has on the outcomes of games in all sports and why it exists; the surprising truth about the universally accepted axiom that defense wins championships; the subtle biases that umpires exhibit in calling balls and strikes in key situations; the unintended consequences of referees' tendencies in every sport to "swallow the whistle," and more. Among the insights that Scorecasting reveals: Why Tiger Woods is prone to the same mistake in high-pressure putting situations that you and I are Why professional teams routinely overvalue draft picks The myth of momentum or the "hot hand" in sports, and why so many fans, coaches, and broadcasters fervently subscribe to it Why NFL coaches rarely go for a first down on fourth-down situations--even when their reluctance to do so reduces their chances of winning. In an engaging narrative that takes us from the putting greens of Augusta to the grid iron of a small parochial high school in Arkansas, Scorecasting will forever change how you view the game, whatever your favorite sport might be. From the Hardcover edition.

100 Opinions You Can Trust on Scorecasting

Author: Jonathan Read
Publisher: Lennex
ISBN: 5458834933
Release Date: 2013-03
Genre:

In this book, we have hand-picked the most sophisticated, unanticipated, absorbing (if not at times crackpot!), original and musing book reviews of "Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won." Don't say we didn't warn you: these reviews are known to shock with their unconventionality or intimacy. Some may be startled by their biting sincerity; others may be spellbound by their unbridled flights of fantasy. Don't buy this book if: 1. You don't have nerves of steel. 2. You expect to get pregnant in the next five minutes. 3. You've heard it all.

The Rookie Bookie

Author: L. Jon Wertheim
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780316249768
Release Date: 2014-10-07
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids. New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he finds the perfect way to attain instant popularity. But running a football betting ring at school eventually turns sour, and Mitch loses the only real friend he's made. He'll have to win her back by using his brainpower for good and helping the school football team achieve victory--if they'll listen to the advice of a former bookie!

Serious Games f r die Gesundheit

Author: Josef Wiemeyer
Publisher: Springer-Verlag
ISBN: 9783658154721
Release Date: 2016-09-07
Genre: Medical

Josef Wiemeyer bietet in diesem essential einen Überblick über die Arten und Anwendungsbereiche von Serious Games im Gesundheitsbereich und behandelt Spielinhalte, Wirkungsmechanismen, Wirkungsnachweise und Anwendungssettings. Die vorgestellten Einsatzbeispiele in Prävention und Rehabilitation belegen eindrucksvoll die Stärken von Serious Games – die kritische Analyse zeigt aber auch, dass Serious Games kein Allheilmittel sind, sondern eine interessante und attraktive Ergänzung bisheriger Interventionsmethoden bieten.

The Rookie Bookie FREE PREVIEW The First 5 Chapters

Author: L. Jon Wertheim
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 9780316258661
Release Date: 2014-09-02
Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Using the tips, truths, and stats they explore in their New York Times bestseller Scorecasting, two dads pack super sports savvy and important math and financial concepts into a fun and heartwarming first novel for kids. New kid Mitch Sloan wants to fit in, but his nerdy love of statistics and making money isn't winning him any friends in his sports-loving town--until he finds the perfect way to attain instant popularity. But running a football betting ring at school eventually turns sour, and Mitch loses the only real friend he's made. He'll have to win her back by using his brainpower for good and helping the school football team achieve victory--if they'll listen to the advice of a former bookie!

Nur wenn du allein kommst

Author: Souad Mekhennet
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 9783406711688
Release Date: 2017-09-19
Genre: Religion

Was passiert hinter den Fronten des Jihad? Wie ticken Warlords und jugendliche Attentäter? Spannend wie in einem Krimi berichtet Souad Mekhennet von ihren teils lebensgefährlichen Recherchen in den No-go-Areas des Terrors, allein, ohne Handy, bekleidet mit einer schwarzen Abaya. Die Journalistin Souad Mekhennet verfügt über ungewöhnliche Verbindungen zu den Most Wanted des Jihad – und über ein einzigartiges investigatives Talent. Sie deckte die Entführung und Folterung des Deutsch-Libanesen Khaled al-Masri durch die CIA auf, interviewte den Führer von al-Qaida im Maghreb, obwohl ihr die Geheimdienste auf den Fersen waren, lernte ein ägyptisches Foltergefängnis unfreiwillig von innen kennen, enttarnte den berüchtigten IS-Henker "Jihadi John" und wusste nach den Pariser Anschlägen schon vor der Polizei, wer der in Saint Denis erschossene Attentäter war. Ihre meisterhaften Nahaufnahmen lassen uns die Kämpfe und Wünsche der islamischen Welt besser verstehen und führen uns heilsam vor Augen, dass sich der Clash zwischen Islam und Westen in Wirklichkeit nur in den Köpfen abspielt.

Newton s Football

Author: Allen St. John
Publisher: Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345545152
Release Date: 2013-11-19
Genre: Sports & Recreation

In the bestselling tradition of Freakonomics and Scorecasting comes a clever and accessible look at the big ideas underlying the science of football. Did you hear the one about the MacArthur genius physicist and the NFL coach? It’s not a joke. It’s actually an innovative way to understand chaos theory, and the remarkable complexity of modern professional football. In Newton’s Football, journalist and New York Times bestselling author Allen St. John and TED Speaker and former Yale professor Ainissa Ramirez explore the unexpected science behind America’s Game. Whether it’s Jerry Rice finding the common ground between quantum physics and the West Coast offense or an Ivy League biologist explaining—at a granular level—exactly how a Big Mac morphs into an outside linebacker, Newton’s Football illuminates football—and science—through funny, insightful stories told by some of the world’s sharpest minds. With a clear-eyed empirical approach—and an exuberant affection for the game—St. John and Ramirez address topics that have long beguiled scientists and football fans alike, including: • the unlikely evolution of the football (or, as they put it, “The Divinely Random Bounce of the Prolate Spheroid”) • what Vince Lombardi has in common with Isaac Newton • how the hardwired behavior of monkeys can explain a head coach’s reluctance to go for it on fourth-down • why a gruesome elevator accident jump-started the evolution of placekicking • how Teddy Roosevelt saved football using the same behavioral science concept that Dreamworks would use to save Shrek • why woodpeckers don’t get concussions • how better helmets actually made the game more dangerous Every Sunday the NFL shares a secret with only its savviest fans: The game isn’t just a clash of bodies, it’s a clash of ideas. The greatest minds in football have always possessed an instinctual grasp of science, understanding the big ideas and gritty realities that inform the game’s rich past, as well as its increasingly uncertain future. Blending smart reporting, counterintuitive creativity, and compelling narrative, Newton’s Football takes gridiron analysis to the next level, giving fans a book that entertains, enlightens, and explains the game anew. Praise for Newton’s Football “It was with great interest that I read Newton’s Football. I’m a fan of applying of science to sport and Newton’s Football truly delivers. The stories are as engaging as they are informative. This is a great read for all football fans.”—Mark Cuban “A delightfully improbable book putting science nerds and sports fans on the same page.”—Booklist “This breezily-written but informative book should pique the interest of any serious football fan in the twenty-first century.”—The American Spectator “The authors have done a worthy job of combining popular science and sports into a work that features enough expertise on each topic to satisfy nerds and jocks alike. . . . The writers succeed in their task thanks to in-depth scientific knowledge, a wonderful grasp of football’s past and present, interviews with a wide array of experts, and witty prose. . . . [Newton’s Football is] fun and thought-provoking, proving that football is a mind game as much as it is a ball game.”—Publishers Weekly From the Hardcover edition.

Robocalypse

Author: Daniel H. Wilson
Publisher: Droemer eBook
ISBN: 9783426411193
Release Date: 2011-09-12
Genre: Fiction

In einem Labor experimentieren Wissenschaftler mit einer überlegenen künstlichen Intelligenz – bis sie beginnt, sich zu wehren: ARCHOS bringt sämtliche Maschinen der Welt unter seine Kontrolle, vom kleinsten Computer bis zum tödlichen Waffensystem. Die Robocalypse bringt die Menschheit an den Rand der Auslöschung – doch die Maschinen haben nicht mit dem Mut der Menschen gerechnet...

Liebe ist nicht genug Ich bin die Mutter eines Amokl ufers

Author: Sue Klebold
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104035796
Release Date: 2016-09-22
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

„Am 20. April 1999 betraten Dylan Klebold und Eric Harris ausgerüstet mit Gewehren und Sprengstoff die Columbine Highschool. Dort töteten sie zwölf Schüler und einen Lehrer, verletzten vierundzwanzig weitere Menschen und nahmen sich dann selbst das Leben. Es war der schlimmste Schul-Amoklauf der Geschichte. Dylan Klebold war mein Sohn.“ 16 Jahre nach dem Amoklauf ihres Sohnes Dylan erzählt Sue Klebold von ihrem Ringen mit der Frage, ob sie die Tat hätte verhindern können, wenn sie nur aufmerksamer, liebevoller gewesen wäre. Sue Klebold ist durch die Hölle gegangen, aber an der Tat ihres Sohnes nicht zerbrochen. Sie hat einen Weg gefunden weiterzuleben und hofft, anderen Eltern zu helfen, das zu verhindern, was sie selbst nicht aufhalten konnte. Von einem ist sie fest überzeugt: Elterliche Liebe allein reicht nicht aus, um Kinder und Jugendliche vor den Folgen unerkannter psychischer Erkrankungen zu schützen. Ein starkes Memoir einer Mutter, der das Unvorstellbare passiert ist. Sue Klebold spendet alle Einnahmen an Forschung und Hilfsorganisationen für Opfer und Angehörige psychisch Kranker.

Schneller als der Tod

Author: Josh Bazell
Publisher: S. Fischer Verlag
ISBN: 9783104006475
Release Date: 2010-06-15
Genre: Fiction

Pietro ist clever und smart und war Killer für die New Yorker Mafia. Er stieg aus und glaubt sich sicher – er ist erstens im Zeugenschutzprogramm und zweitens Arzt in einem Krankenhaus. Bis einer der alten Feinde eingeliefert wird. Diagnose: Krebs im Endstadium. Wenn er stirbt, ist Pietro geliefert. Die nächsten acht Stunden im Tollhaus der Klinik werden zum atemlosen Wettkampf um sein Leben...»Schneller als der Tod« ist ein adrenalingeladener Thriller mit Dialogen, so scharf geschliffen wie ein Skalpell. Josh Bazell schreibt extrem cool und schockierend unterhaltsam – so zynisch und komisch, als hätte Tarantino bei Dr. House Regie geführt.

The Postmortal

Author: Drew Magary
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781101543740
Release Date: 2011-08-30
Genre: Fiction

• Finalist for the Philip K. Dick and Arthur C. Clarke Awards • The gripping first novel by Drew Magary, Deadspin columnist, GQ correspondent, and author of The Hike "An exciting page turner. . . . Drew Magary is an excellent writer. The Postmortal is . . . even more terrifying than zombie apocalypse." — Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing John Farrell is about to get "The Cure." Old age can never kill him now. The only problem is, everything else still can . . . Imagine a near future where a cure for aging is discovered and-after much political and moral debate-made available to people worldwide. Immortality, however, comes with its own unique problems-including evil green people, government euthanasia programs, a disturbing new religious cult, and other horrors. Witty, eerie, and full of humanity, The Postmortal is an unforgettable thriller that envisions a pre-apocalyptic world so real that it is completely terrifying. From the Trade Paperback edition.