About This Episode
If you’ve never checked out our popular new spin-off show Playing with Science, now is the time to do it. Playing with Science, hosted by StarTalk veteran Chuck Nice and former professional footballer and broadcaster Gary O’Reilly, explores the intersectionality of sports and science. Our hosts invite guest scientists, athletes, coaches, experts and technology providers to join the investigation into the science behind our favorite awe-inspiring, death-defying, and newsworthy moments from the sports we love and enjoy. In this Time Capsule episode, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Chuck Nice guide us through fan-favorite moments from the past two seasons, and we start the ball rolling with the top vote-getter – Martial Arts: Fight Like a Physicist. Physics professor and black belt John Eric Goff breaks down the science behind Krav Maga, and teaches us how to use physics to throw a mean, powerful punch. Next, Neil deGrasse Tyson pops in to discuss his tweets about sports with Gary and Chuck in an episode we called Out-of-this World Sports, and to talk about what it would be like to hold the Olympics on Mars.” You also voted for The Physics of the Tour de France, which featured Neil’s interview with the controversial cycling superstar Lance Armstrong. Next in the lineup, we catch a wave with NASA Oceanographer Bill Patzert to break down the science of big wave surfing. In Space Jam, Neil answers fan-submitted Cosmic Queries about basketball. Last, but not least, we look at Physics on Ice when physicist Alain Haché breaks down the science behind hockey’s signature move – the slap shot. If you enjoy this Time Capsule and want more Playing with Science, you can find it right here on our website, as well as on our channels on Apple Podcasts, Google Play Music, SoundCloud, Stitcher, and TuneIn.
In This Episode
Sports Analyst, Broadcaster, Professional Soccer Player
GuestNeil deGrasse Tyson
GuestJohn Eric Goff
Physicist, Martial Artist & Author of “Gold Medal Physics: The Science of Sports”, forthcoming book: "The Science Behind Krav Maga"
Cyclist, 7-Time winner of the Tour de France
GuestDr. William Patzert, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics, University of Moncton in Canada; author, Slap Shot Science and The Physics of Hockey