The Perfection Point

The Perfection Point

eBook - 2010
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What's the fastest a human can run the 100-meter sprint? What's the longest a human can hold his breath? What are the limits of human performance? Until 1954, common wisdom and scientific knowledge considered a sub-four-minute mile an impossible feat--but today the world record stands at 3 minutes, 43 seconds. Records are a mark of how well people have done, not how well they can do. What's the actual limit? In this thought-provoking book, John Brenkus, co-creator 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--the speeds, heights, distances, and times that humans will get closer to but never exceed.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper ; Enfield : Publishers Group UK [distributor], c2010.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780062008848
0062008846
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiii, 242 p.)
Contents: Introduction: Finding the limits
Raw speed: how fast can a human run?
Pumping iron: the limits of pure strength
Swimming: how fast can someone swim the 50-meter freestyle?
Performance-enhancing substances: a digression
Driving for dough: what's the farthest someone can hit a golf ball?
Hang time: how high can basketball take the dunk?
Breathing lessons: what's the longest someone can hold his breath?
The last slugger: hitting the longest homer
The marathon and the mile: the limits of the legendary distances
Epilogue: Are perfection points reachable?
Summary: What's the fastest a human can run the 100-meter sprint? What's the longest a human can hold his breath? What are the limits of human performance? Until 1954, common wisdom and scientific knowledge considered a sub-four-minute mile an impossible feat--but today the world record stands at 3 minutes, 43 seconds. Records are a mark of how well people have done, not how well they can do. What's the actual limit? In this thought-provoking book, John Brenkus, co-creator 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--the speeds, heights, distances, and times that humans will get closer to but never exceed.--From publisher description.

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