Game of Edges review: Inside story of how data is transforming sport

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Games of Edges
Bruce Schoenfeld (W. W. Norton)

THE professional athletes who charge up and down playing fields for the public’s entertainment in the world’s biggest sports leagues seem a world away from scientists and mathematicians. At first glance, the two seem to come from different worlds with different aims, and the old stereotype of sporty teenagers stuffing their science-loving peers into school lockers endures to this day.

Yet in the past two decades, …

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