The physics of winning: a history of the physics of sports technology from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century

6.00pm to 7.30pm, Thursday 3 July

The Theatre

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  • Tennis racket and balls

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Standard £12

Concession £8

Associate £6

Free to Members, Faraday Members and Fellows

Event description

Over the thousand or so years of the Ancient Olympic Games, technologies were introduced to improve and control performance. Our modern version of sport was born from the inventions of the industrial icons of 19th Century Britain, which spawned nearly all sports as we now know them today. In the 21st century, what cutting edge technology do athletes use, and is having better equipment cheating? Join Steve Haake to explore these questions and more.

About the speaker

Professor Steve Haake is Director of the Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University.

He founded the International Sports Engineering Association, the journal Sports Engineering and the International Conference on the Engineering of Sport. He has edited 9 books, given over a dozen keynotes and contributed to around 180 journal and conference papers on sports engineering. Steve was awarded an EPSRC Senior Media Fellowship in 2010 which he is using to promote the public understanding of science and appears regularly on national radio and TV.

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