Recent progress in Quidditch studies (part 2)

Following on from our recent note concerning Quidditch in academia, may we also recommend a paper by Raphael Crawford-Marks, Lee Spector, and Jon Klein of the Cognitive Science department at Hampshire College, Amherst, US? It’s entitled: ‘Virtual Witches and Warlocks: A Quidditch Simulator and Quidditch-Playing Teams Coevolved via Genetic Programming’ (in: Late Breaking Papers of the […]

Recent progress in Quidditch studies (part 1)

For those interested in following recent academic attention afforded to Quiddich may we recommend, Quidditch : Impacting and Benefiting Participants in a Non-Fictional Manner (in the Journal of Sport and Social Issues December 7, 2014) by professor Adam Cohen (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, USA) and professor Jon Welty Peachey  (University of Illinois, Champaign, USA). “This […]

The Physics of Water-skipping Stones

In stone skipping, one tosses a stone with a flattened surface across water (or other fluid) to try to get it to bounce as many times as possible. (There are also military applications, but let’s stick to the fun stuff.) A few months ago, mechanical engineer Tadd Truscott and collagues wrote a quick study on […]

Rating tiddlywinks (statistically)

Dr. Patrick Barrie, PhD, MRSC, CEng, MIChemE, Cchem, MA, BA, of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology at Cambridge University, UK, presents A new sports ratings system: The tiddlywinks world ratings in the Journal of Applied Statistics Volume 30, Issue 4, 2003 “After each tournament, a ‘tournament rating’ is calculated for each player based […]

Playing with pigs and lasers

Pigs, like humans, can get bored. Perhaps they’d like to play a game to amuse themselves? Even better, with interacting humans? A project designed to examine such possibilities is underway at Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht and Wageningen University Livestock Research Department in The Netherlands. It’s called ‘Playing With Pigs’ and is “researching the complex […]