The Perfection Point

Author(s): John Brenkus


Just forty years ago, Jim Hines ran the 100 metres in under 10 seconds. Now Usain Bolt is inching close to the 9.50 second mark, begging the question: exactly how fast can a human go? Utilizing cutting edge science to examine incredible physical feats in the most elite sports, John Brenkus uncovers what it takes to reach the 'perfection point' - that measurement of speed, distance or force that supreme athletes can inch closer to but never exceed. Shining a light on the crucial balance between physical stamina and emotional drive, this is the ultimate guide to the further limits of human performance. 'Lively and engaging...this stuff is catnip to sports fans' Wall Street Journal


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"Fascinating...Sure to spark debate in sporting and scientific circles, the book is engagingly written, well argued, and-even when the conclusions seem almost science-fictiony-entirely plausible."--Booklist (starred review)

John Brenkus has spent the last decade studying and popularizing the unique characteristics of the world's greatest athletes. He created the groundbreaking series Fight Science for National Geographic and presents and produces the Emmy Award-winning programme Sport Science on ESPN. He lives in Los Angeles.

General Fields

  • : 9781447208150
  • : Pan Macmillan
  • : Pan Books
  • : June 2012
  • : 197mm X 130mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : August 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Brenkus
  • : Paperback
  • : 612.044
  • : 288
  • : Illustrations