Physics and Dance

Emily Coates (Author) Sarah DeMers (Author)
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Product Details

Yale University Press
Publish Date
January 22, 2019
6.1 X 9.3 X 1.0 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Coates is associate professor in the theater studies program at Yale University, where she created the dance studies curriculum. Sarah Demers is Horace D. Taft Associate Professor of Physics at Yale University. Their work has been featured in the World Science Festival and covered in the New York Times and the New Yorker.


"In their intriguing book Physics and Dance, [the authors] look at how both disciplines approach phenomena like friction, momentum, space, time, and gravity. . . . Mathematically inclined dance lovers will welcome a chance to see the plié and tour jeté through new eyes. A chapter of physics problems could provide inspiration to professors looking for new homework challenges."--Physics Today
"For too long, dance has existed as an isolated pursuit. . . . The content of this book will definitely provide readers with a peek at possible future directions for the art of dance, and its move away from its customary orientation."--Sandra Minton, Journal of Dance Education
"After reading this book, you will never again think of dance without the physics that enables it, and you will never again think of physics without the art that can express it."--Neil deGrasse Tyson
"Physics and Dance will be of interest to dancers, scientists, and a general public who wish to understand an ongoing relationship between the two."--Twyla Tharp
"This fascinating book blends physics depth and dance details with a seemingly impossible grace."--Daniel Whiteson, author of We Have No Idea: A Guide to the Unknown Universe
"Each [uses] her discipline to shed light on the other's. . . . While science tends to be viewed as more serious than dance, their approach revolves around collapsing hierarchies, giving equal weight to both."--Siobhan Burke, New York Times review of Emily Coates's 2017 performance Incarnations, based in part on their collaboration
"Dancer and choreographer Coates and physicist Demers have created a brilliant exercise that is both challenging and rewarding. As a dancer I had never thought of myself as a small mass in relation to a larger one, namely, planet Earth, at least not in those terms. Part of the fun for the reader lies in figuring out, from page to page, which voice is speaking; both are erudite, meticulous, and convincing."--Yvonne Rainer