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David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES "Coriolis was brilliant ... but he didn't have a high-speed camera
 

Summary: David Alciatore, PhD ("Dr. Dave") ILLUSTRATED PRINCIPLES
"Coriolis was brilliant ... but he didn't have a high-speed camera
Part I: Introduction"
Note: Supporting narrated video (NV) demonstrations, high-speed video (HSV) clips, and
technical proofs (TP) can be accessed and viewed online at billiards.colostate.edu. The
reference numbers used in the article (e.g., NV 4.20) help you locate the resources on the
website. You might also want to view the resources from a CD-ROM. See the website for more
details.
After writing twelve articles on the 90 and 30 rules, I've decided to move on to a new topic.
For the next few articles, I will be summarizing and discussing results from a little known but
amazing book on the physics of pool. The book's title is Theorie mathematique des effets du jeu
de billard ("Mathematical Theory of the Game of Billiards"). It was written by the late, great
Gaspard Gustave de Coriolis in 1835. Coriolis was a brilliant mathematician and physicist who is
credited with discovering the "Coriolis" force. This is the force that causes hurricanes and
tornadoes to turn counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere. It is also the cause of significant
loads in the bearings of engines in moving vehicles (cars, planes, boats). Coriolis' billiards book
is THE BIBLE of pool physics! It covers pretty much every important pool physics relation that
has ever been presented since. Unfortunately, it is not very widely read because it was written in
French, and most of us can't read that silly language. The book was never translated to and
distributed in English. Also, Coriolis' mathematics and complicated illustrations are difficult to

  

Source: Alciatore, David G. - Department of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University

 

Collections: Engineering