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‘The Physics of Scuba Diving’

Written by: Stewart Forbes | Posted on: | Category:

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‘It’s a numbers game …‘

While scuba diving is a physical recreation, unlike many other sports activities it is hedged in on all sides by mathematical formulae and scientific elements.

Even the novice scuba diver needs to be familiar with pressure/depth/volume relationships, the impact of pressure on body fluids, calculations involving air consumption at depth and a host of other physical, biological and chemical aspects unique to this fascinating sport.

For many, the technical and mathematical elements of scuba diver courses are distractions (though admittedly necessary) from the real purpose of learning scuba diving, that is … getting underwater and experiencing a whole new world.

For others, understanding the science behind diving in greater detail is a fascinating added benefit to taking up scuba diving, but at times the maths and physics can be somewhat daunting.

‘The Physics Of Scuba Diving’ therefore provides a fun introduction to the mathematics and physics needed to really understand scuba diving. Written by Marlow Anderson, a mathematics professor at The Colorado College with a passion for science and scuba diving, the book does not assume a mathematical or scientific background, and is written for the lay person in an easy-to-read style.

The book describes all of the basics regarding pressure, depth and density, covered more completely than in the typical open water diving course. But in addition, it looks at the mathematical background for dive tables and dive computers, tools divers use to avoid getting decompression sickness.

The book explains the basic Haldane theory of nitrogen on-gassing and off-gassing, in some depth and will appeal to divers interested in a bit more background than is available in the popular literature, and to people interested in how basic mathematics and science has a large impact on the sport of scuba diving.

This is not a scholarly work, and is not encumbered with scientific citations. If, however, you enjoy having a full and comprehensive understanding of the technical ins and outs of scuba diving then you will enjoy and value the added insights that this unique book can offer you.


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