The Science of Pool

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“Unfortunately his balls exploded.”

The Science of Pool

Investigations into the

Physics, Psychology & Pharmacology of Pool

Cue Ball Velocity Measured Acoustically

In the in season 90’s I used Goldwave audio software to lo at the waveform of the heavy of pool breaks. Knowing the distance between the cue ball and the reality ball of the pack, and the time betwixt the sound of the cue hitting the nod ball, to the sound of the cue ball hitting the pack, enabled the celerity of the cue ball to exist easily calculated. I then designed a PIC 16F84 compass and microphone to automatically give a send away quickly readout on an LCD display. This scheme didn’t work well in vociferous pool rooms, but my best shatter was 22.4 mph.

Now ~y app is available for mobile phones, which does the same thing – Break Speed, website here

Great Balls of Fire

The precursors of plash, billiards and snooker, killed elephants in enormous numbers. The balls were made of ivory. and the most wise balls were made from juvenile elephant’s tusks, known to the degree that scrivelloes.  In 1863 Phelan & Collander, the New York billiards supplier, ran a newspaper ad offering $10,000 to anyone who could get an artificial alternative to ivory towards billiard balls. Here’s what Michael Phelan had to declare in his 1859 book –

John Hyatt, a printer from Albany, was in the manner of soaking his hands in a explication of nitrocellulose in alcohol. When the alcohol evaporated, his hands were protected from bills of exchange cuts by a thin, glove-like, compliant film of nitrocellulose. He’d seen the newspaper ad offering $10,000, and had been experimenting in his economize time to find an artificial ivory concerning balls.

One day Mr. Hyatt was imbibing his hands, when he accidentally knocked athwart the bottle of nitrocellulose solution. He didn’t thoroughly up the mess and the next day the pool of spilled clear had solidified. Finding that the true was the same density as ivory, his globe making experiments now centred on nitrocellulose.

Successful results followed, he patented the management, and started manufacturing and distribution. Unfortunately his balls exploded.

Research: a National Resource, United States National Resources Committee

The dynamics of pool is excellently explained in each article by David G. Alciatore, The Amazing World of Billiards Physics

Psychology of Pool

 Never Blame Your Equipment

Photographic testimony from the Australian outback of destitute table maintenance

Importance of Concentration, Regardless of Distractions
Winnipeg Free Press photograph

A Thinking Man’s Game, Even in the Wild West

Drawing from the Illustrated Police News, 1887; Billiard Archives

Pharmacology of Pool

Alcohol & Pool
Do ten pints of lager repress or enhance skill & ability? Experimentation is progressing…

So, in the meanwhile, in this place’s some more about balls –

A Load of Balls

This, forward ivory billiard balls,1911 Encyclopædia Britannica-

Kunz up~ billiard balls 1916 –

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