Math and the Olympics

After 69 days of traveling, the Flame crossed the River Thames on Friday to reach its final destination at London’s Olympic Stadium. There are many reasons to be excited about the Olympics, but here at Princeton University Press, we can’t help but think about the abundance of equations and mathematical modeling taking place during the summer games. From the design of the Olympic logo and the sports equipment, to the actual athletics, math is taking place everywhere during the Olympics. For example, watch for the swimmers who win a race by .001 of a second!

We’re not the only ones excited about it either. Cambridge University’s math education initiative, The Millennium Mathematics Project has been running the Math and Sport: Countdown to the Games for the last 18 months. Check out their website for fun activities that celebrate both math and the Olympics:

As the games continue, we’ll be hearing from PUP authors, excerpting from our books and staying up-to-date with the math and science of the Olympics. Stay tuned.