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The rules of play

When we think of sports science and technology, the physics of a curveball or weave of a carbon-fiber shoe might come to mind—the hardware. But there is also a high technology, of sorts, in the software of sport. Without it, would we understand sportsmanship, and what it means to love playing more than winning?

  • The Strange Brain of the World’s Greatest Solo Climber: Alex Honnold doesn’t experience fear like the rest of us, by J.B. MacKinnon

  • We Are Nowhere Close to the Limits of Athletic Performance: Genetic engineering will bring us new Bolts and Shaqs, by Stephen Hsu

  • How Woodpeckers Will Save Football: It takes a bird brain to play contact sports safely, by Moises Velasquez Manoff

  • This issue also includes contributions from: Joseph Banath Allen,Brian J. Barth, Kevin Berger, Seth Frey,Allen Guttmann, Eric Hansen, Patrick House, Steve Paulson, Regan Penaluna, Mary Pilon, Adam Piore, Lydia Pyne, Chip Rowe,Nikhil Swaminathan, and Katie Bo Williams.

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