Wonders of the Cricket Pitch

Fans of cricket rejoice, Dr James (who studied the dynamics of cricket pitches for his PhD) has recorded a lecture on the various issues of engineering and cricket for all to enjoy. Dr James is our resident ‘Public Engagement Tsar’ having presented to a countless number of dignitaries at prestigious societies and institutions and numerous science festivals.

I usually insist that any post on EngineeringSport contains at least a modicum of science in the written content. However, Dr James has packed so much into his 36 minute lecture that I’m forgoing the rule this time.

Enjoy the video.

Simon Choppin

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About wiredchop

Simon Choppin Simon’s sports engineering career began at the age of six when he loosened the wheels of his skateboard in order to make it go faster. While the experiment was chalked up as his first failure, his resulting dimpled skull has provided an aerodynamic advantage in more recent sporting pursuits. Academically, Simon completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering with Mathematics at Nottingham University before joining the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield to start his PhD. His main interests include work with high speed video, mathematical modelling of various sorts and experimental work involving machines with big buttons. As a sportsman, Simon has an unfortunate lack of talent for anything requiring skill, tactical awareness or the ability to learn from mistakes. He does however seem to posess the ability to move his legs around for a long time until other people get tired, for this reason you’re most likely to see him on a bike of some sort or running up a hill in offensively small shorts. Simon was fortunate enough to have a stint at the Guardian newspaper as part of the BSA’s media fellowship, which gave him the idea for this blog. Other than this, his writing experience includes his PhD thesis and various postcards to his Mum.