Until 1954, common wisdom and scientific knowledge considered a sub-four-minute mile an impossible feat for a human. But then Roger Bannister broke that mark, followed quickly by a host of other athletes. Today the world record stands at 3 minutes, 43 seconds, yet even that number doesn't tell the full story of how fast humans can run a mile—records are a mark of how well people have done, not how well they can do. What's the actual limit? The answer lies in The Perfection Point.
In this fascinating and thought-provoking book, John Brenkus, the host, co-creator, and executive producer of ESPN's Sport Science, ventures across the sports world to provide an in-depth look at the absolute limits of human performance. Beginning with the current world records for a variety of sports, Brenkus finds the "perfection point" for each, zeroing in on the speeds, heights, distances, and times that humans will get closer to but never exceed.
Combining cutting-edge science with the fundamentals of each sport, Brenkus answers questions as old as competition itself, exploring the outer realm of what's possible in athletics. Using engrossing and accessible language, he applies statistics, physics, and physiology to uncover perfection points such as:
* the highest dunk
* the longest home run
* the fastest mile
* the longest golf drive
* the heaviest bench press
Intriguing, detailed, and controversial, the answers that Brenkus provides are essential reading for every sports fan. For years, coaches, pundits, and experts have speculated about the extremes of human ability. The Perfection Point finally provides the answers.
About the Author:
John Brenkus has spent the last decade studying and popularizing the unique characteristics of the world's greatest athletes. A co-founder of BASE Productions, he co-created the groundbreaking series Fight Science for the National Geographic Channel and serves as the on-air host, co-creator, and executive producer of ESPN's Emmy Award–winning show Sport Science. He lives in Los Angeles, California.
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"If you're interested in understanding the American character, there are plenty of texts to consult— including, of course, the Mayflower Compact, the Declaration of Independence and Alexis de Tocqueville's meditations on this country. Here's another work to add to the mix: John Brenkus's "The Perfection Point," about the absolute limits of human athletic performance."
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THE PERFECTION POINT: Author Seminar on the Limits of Human Performance. 7:00pm - 9:00pm.
Santa Monica Public Library - Martin Luther King Auditorium 601 Santa Monica Blvd.
John Brenkus, CEO and co-founder of BASE Productions, Executive Producer, and Creator and Host of multi Emmy-Award winning SPORT SCIENCE on ESPN, has a ground-breaking new book, THE PERFECTION POINT (Harper Collins) publishing Sept 1. SPORT SCIENCE has analyzed and tested over 200 of the world's best athletes, including Drew Brees, Jerry Rice, Alexander Ovechkin, Jenny Finch, and Chris McCormack from triathlon. From ...these exp...eriments, John Brenkus has gained a unique insight into the limits of human performance. In THE PERFECTION POINT, Brenkus predicts the absolute limits of human performance and answers questions such as: What is the fastest a human being will ever run a mile? A marathon? 100 meters? What is the fastest a human being will ever swim 50 meters? What is the farthest a human being could ever hit a baseball...or drive a golf ball...or hold his breath? He will be presenting on the book, its findings and intriguing conclusions, as well as hosting a Q&A. Please join us and bring friends! Pre-order your copy today at Barnes&Noble or Amazon, or pick one up in your local bookstore on September 1!