The Perfection Point: Predicting the Absolute Limits of Human Performance
"The Perfection Point" is a pacy and fascinating look at the science behind the extremes of human performance, which identifies the absolute limits the human body can go to, whether it is running, lifting, throwing or even holding one's breath. It is incredible to think that it is only forty years since Jim Hines ran the 100 metres in under ten seconds, and now Usain Bolt is inching closer to the 9.50 second mark. But how far can humans actually go? Is it possible that one day the 100 metres will be run in less than 9 seconds? When will this happen? And what biological, physical and environmental conditions are necessary to reach the 'perfection point' - a speed, a height, a distance that humans can get closer to but never exceed? And what are the 'perfection points' for other human activities? Combining sold scientific research with engrossing counter-narrative sections, "The Perfection Point" is chock full of cool facts and 'what ifs' that will spark the imagination. For years scientists, athletes, pundits and fans have speculated about the extremes of human performance. "The Perfection Point" finally provides the answers.
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.