By Stephen Hawking

Was once there a starting of time? may well time run backwards? Is the universe countless or does it have barriers? those are only many of the questions thought of in an the world over acclaimed masterpiece by means of one of many world's maximum thinkers. It starts off via reviewing the nice theories of the cosmos from Newton to Einstein, sooner than delving into the secrets and techniques which nonetheless lie on the center of house and time, from the massive Bang to black holes, through spiral galaxies and robust conception. To at the present time "A short heritage of Time" is still a staple of the clinical canon, and its succinct and transparent language keeps to introduce hundreds of thousands to the universe and its wonders.

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This demonstration shows that if we are to maintain the initial wristcock angle ,8(0) during the start of the downswing, the wrists must exert a torque on the shaft of the club in the sense that would decrease the wrist-cock angle. This torque by the wrists must be equal and opposite The Uncocking of the Wrists I 37 to the inertial torque TH that we have plotted in Fig. 6. This inertial torque, first positive, gradually decreases to zero and then becomes negative. In the standard swing the torque by the wrists must therefore counter the inertial torque and begin with a negative value of about 15 lbs-ft and gradually decrease to zero at about one-tenth of a second into the downswing.

But when we take a rod in hand to study the motion produced when we apply various forces and torques to it, the effect of gravity interferes with the study. Perhaps our experiments should be performed by astro- 22 I 3. A Second Look at the Golf Stroke nauts in an orbiting space capsule, where there is no gravitational acceleration relative to their surroundings. Here on the Earth's surface we have to cancel out the gravitational forces in some way. We can do this by laying a rod on a smooth surface of a level table.

The size of this drawing was chosen to match that of the enlarged photograph. A continuous curve was drawn showing the positions of the clubhead during the downswing. This curve is traced and presented in Fig. 4 by means of crosses. A trace from Fig. 2 is presented in Fig. 4 by means of dots. The agreement of the curves shown by the crosses and the dots is striking. _;; ............ --+.... 4 ... I I I + . 4. The crosses show the position of the clubhead at equal time intervals obtained from the calculation of the standard swing; the dots show the positions of the clubhead during the downswing at equal time intervals from the stroboscopic photograph of the swing of the golfer; and the dashed curve shows the position the clubhead would have during the downswing from the calculation of the standard swing with the horizontal displacement of the pivot subtracted out.

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