Profile: Chad Orzel

Associate Professor and Writer

I am an associate professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union College. I have also written two popular books explaining modern physics through imaginary conversations with my German Shepherd mix, Emmy (How to Teach Physics to Your Dog, and How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog). My most recent book, Eureka: Discovering Your Inner Scientist, explores the surprising connections between great scientific discoveries and everyday hobbies like crossword puzzles, card games, and sports. I also maintain a physics blog, Uncertain Principles, as part of the ScienceBlogs blog network.

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Football: Science and Deflategate

News reports say that 11 of the 12 game balls used by the New England Patriots in their AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts were deflated, showing about 2 pounds per square inch (psi) less pressure than the 13 psi required by the rules, so it seems that the most bizarre sports scandal of recent memory is real. But there are still plenty of questions: why would a team deflate footballs? Could there be another explanation? And most importantly, what does physics tell us about all this?

Category: Science

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