Putting a spin on a ball before launching it into the air causes it to move differently — not exactly breaking news for anyone who’s played basketball, soccer, golf, or tennis. But do you know exactly why this happens?
As it turns out, we’ve known the cause behind this phenomenon since at least 1852, when German scientist Heinrich Gustav Magnus explained the mechanics of what is now called the Magnus Effect. But just because scientists have known about it for decades, doesn’t mean that the rest of us understand what’s going on.
( Kimberley White- Inspire More)