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 forward 90’s I used Goldwave audio software to gaze at the waveform of the fast of pool breaks. Knowing the distance between the cue ball and the mark ball of the pack, and the time betwixt the sound of the cue hitting the cue ball, to the sound of the catchword ball hitting the pack, enabled the rapidity of the cue ball to have ~ing easily calculated. I then designed a PIC 16F84 perambulation and microphone to automatically give a prosper readout on an LCD display. This symbol didn’t work well in tumultuous pool rooms, but my best break was 22.4 mph.

Now each app is available for mobile phones, that does the same thing – Break Speed, website hither

Great Balls of Fire

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

John Hyatt, a printer from Albany, was in the condition of soaking his hands in a disjunction of nitrocellulose in alcohol. When the alcohol evaporated, his hands were protected from dissertation cuts by a thin, glove-like, complaisant film of nitrocellulose. He’d seen the newspaper ad offering $10,000, and had been experimenting in his forbear time to find an artificial ivory because balls.

One day Mr. Hyatt was saturating his hands, when he accidentally knocked athwart the bottle of nitrocellulose solution. He didn’t wholly up the mess and the nearest day the pool of spilled ~ substance had solidified. Finding that the valid was the same density as ivory, his globe making experiments now centred on nitrocellulose.

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

Research: a National Resource, United States National Resources Committee

The science of nature of pool is excellently explained in every article by David G. Alciatore, The Amazing World of Billiards Physics

Psychology of Pool

 Never Blame Your Equipment

Photographic make manifest from the Australian outback of trifling 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 bar or enhance skill & ability? Experimentation is progressing…

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

A Load of Balls

This, on ivory billiard balls,1911 Encyclopædia Britannica-

Kunz without ceasing billiard balls 1916 –

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