Thursday, January 29, 2015

Academics vs. ‘Ballghazi,’ Round 2

The Chronicle of Higher Education
January 29th, 2015



News outlets are no longer the only ones asking academics about the science of deflated footballs. Investigators for the National Football League have approached physics professors at Columbia University to help them understand how footballs supplied by the New England Patriots might have lost two pounds of air pressure during the first half of a conference championship game last week.
After first calling the university’s physics department, a representative of the law firm hired by the league to investigate the matter—which has become a national sensation in the run-up to this year’s Super Bowl—followed up with an email to the department, according to The New York Times.
 
News outlets are no longer the only ones asking academics about the science of deflated footballs. Investigators for the National Football League have approached physics professors at Columbia University to help them understand how footballs supplied by the New England Patriots might have lost two pounds of air pressure during the first half of a conference championship game last week.
After first calling the university’s physics department, a representative of the law firm hired by the league to investigate the matter—which has become a national sensation in the run-up to this year’s Super Bowl—followed up with an email to the department, according to The New York Times.
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