Mathematical rugby

Burkard Polster, Marty Ross

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The December 1978 issue of the Mathematical Gazette [8] contains an elegant and humorous contribution from Anthony Hughes. His note gives a recipe for determining the optimal spot from which to make a conversion attempt in rugby. Others then elaborated on Hughes s idea; see [12] and [14], in particular. In 1996, Isaksen [9] rediscovered Hughes s results while investigating the kicking of extra points in American gridiron. There are also a number of popularisations and summaries; the ones of which we are aware are listed in the references.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)450 - 463
Number of pages14
JournalMathematical Gazette
Issue number531
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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