Booklist - The Science of a Triple Axel
The triple axel is one of the most difficult figure skating moves to master, and this installment in the Full-Speed Sports series highlights the feat, from its beginnings in the nineteenth century to its technologically advanced future. Though the title promises science, the author only dedicates one chapter to the physics of the move, linking its components to laws of motion. Other chapters occasionally link physics to the topic while covering the history of figure skating, the physical impact jumps have on skaters, and ways skaters use technology to improve their skills. While the full-color photos of skaters in motion are engaging, they do little to illustrate the concepts at work. Still, for students who need practical examples to help demonstrate abstract principles, this introduction could go a long way.