Coriolis's book on the physics of billiards

The first systematic treatise on the physics of billiards, now available in English...
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Early billiard cues did not have leather tips. They just ended in a small flat, circular face. The shooter was limited to center-ball hits, and the game must have been rather dull and predictable.

At the dawn of the 19th century, enter one Captain Mingaud, something of a political misfit, and as will be seen, perhaps a sort of precursor to the modern pool-hall degenerate...
The very cool website of Professor David ("Dr Dave") Alciatore on pool and billiards
Cover art: The Billiard Room, Nicolas Antoine Taunay
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Jack and Belle Linsky Collection
1982 (1982.60.49)
Photograph © 1982 The Metropolitan Museum of Art