University at Albany

Physics of Sailing (2009)
by John Kimball

John Kimball’s lively and accessible Physics of Sailing offers an introduction to the basic science underlying the sport of sailing.

Kimball, a UAlbany professor of physics, demonstrates the many ways science can be used to understand the principles of sailboat propulsion and how a scientific understanding of the boat, wind, and water can lead to more skillful sailing. He skillfully applies the principles of fluid mechanics to sailboat technology and the art of sailing.