Thermodynamics of Football in the Gazette

The Schenectady Gazette ran a piece about my experiment with putting footballs in the freezer, in the wake of the “Deflategate” scandal:

Chad Orzel sees science all around him, whether he’s teaching it in a classroom, playing pickup basketball at Union College’s Memorial Fieldhouse or kicking back to watch the National Football League.

Being an associate professor of physics and chairman of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Union explains some of the fascination.

“I do believe the scientific process is used in all the things we do,” he said Thursday. “And there few things as ruthlessly scientific as big sports.”

That’s why he is so puzzled by Deflategate — science should have said there was little to gain and a lot to lose.

More on the experiment at The Conversation and my own blog.