Is not the headbutt somewhat pyrrhic?
February 24, 2011 4:32 PM Subscribe
Help me understand the efficacy of a headbutt as an offensive opening gambit in a bout of fisticuffs...
posted by dougrayrankin to Science & Nature (27 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been thinking it over, and it seems to me to be a problem of the conservation of momentum. That is to say, m1v1 = m2v2. From a purely mathematical standpoint I imagine that one would do as much harm to oneself as to one's opponent (all heads being of equal mass). Am I missing some key element? Please, I find myself a rather confused man.