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Take me out to the ball game, take me out to the Electrascore

Nokes Electrascore

Yesterday, baseball fans celebrated Opening Day of the 2011 season. In honor of that, I wanted to share an impressive and interesting invention featured in the September 28, 1912, issue of Scientific American: the Nokes Electrascore. The Electrascore was a giant electrical scoreboard that projected a baseball game’s action. It measured 16 feet square with [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Fooling Ourselves: The Everyday Role of Ritual

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April Fools’ Day is not unique to Western cultures. People all over the world and all throughout history have celebrated the coming of Spring with festivals of deception and lightheartedness. In this spirit, all this week, we’ll explore themes of magic, fraud, and trickery. Today is Opening Day for the New York Mets. Like other [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

The Global Connection at the Heart of Baseball

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Baseball season is officially underway! And what better way to celebrate than by looking at the ball that drives the game? A few years ago, I talked S into helping me take apart a baseball. I wanted to understand the properties that Johan Santana can hold in his hand and with the flick of his [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Parades—Public Festivals, Public Spectacles

"Ticker tape" fills the sky. Photo by KDCosta, 2009.

Ed. Note: So the New York Giants won the super bowl, and there will be a parade not too far from my office today. I’m have no intention of leaving the office—parade or no parade, I’m not a Giants fan and my football wounds are still a bit raw, and the crowds are a little [...]

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Anthropology in Practice

Remembering With Baseball

Don’t tell me about the world. Not today. It’s springtime and they’re knocking baseball around fields where the grass is damp and green in the morning and the kids are trying to hit the curve ball. – Pete Hamill I’ve been at a loss for what to say today—particularly as there is no shortage of people who [...]

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Guest Blog

Science at the (Baseball) Plate

Post-lecture celebration.  The photo illustrates the author at a lecture in which he read the account of the World Series in the article.  As the photo shows, he is very happy even if he is wearing a T-shirt from the Giants.  Suffice it to say, had he lectured about science, he would have had a very intent and serious look as he replied to a question from the audience with the standard beginning:  “That is an excellent question.”

A critical element in the dissemination of scientific discovery is the preparation of a paper for publication.  Strong rules and traditions govern the writing of science for a journal.  The tone should be sober and restrained as if emotions and literary flourish do not exist.  With “I” or “we” resisted if not banned, passive voice [...]

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Observations

One-Hit Wonder: A Look at the Physics behind Dickey’s Knuckleball

R. A. Dickey is one of the hottest topics in Major League Baseball right now. This right-handed Mets pitcher’s two most recent outings have been one-hitters, he has a league-leading 11–1 win-loss record, and he’s one of the league’s only knuckleballers. What makes this pitch so hard to hit? A knuckleball is famously difficult to [...]

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Observations

Infrared Cameras Debut in Baseball Telecast for World Series [Video]

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre

With one out in the top of the ninth inning of last night’s World Series game 1, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre stepped to the plate. Down by one run with an elite power hitter at bat, Texas looked for a moment to have a chance of getting back into the game. That chance [...]

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Observations

Mathematician sees a Yankees-Dodgers World Series, but don’t pop that bubbly yet

Dodgers and Yankees at Ebbets Field, 1913

The National League Championship Series gets under way this evening when the Los Angeles Dodgers host the Philadelphia Phillies, and tomorrow the American League follows suit as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim visit the New York Yankees. The outcome of these all-important seven-game series, which feed into the World Series, is anyone’s guess, but [...]

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