Monday, September 16, 2013

The Perfection Point: Sport Science Predicts the Fastest Man, the Highest Jump, and the Limits of Athletic Performance by John Brenkus

I thought this would be a nice transition book from last month's football theme to this month's science theme. It was, though football isn't mentioned in the book.* Sport Science is a show on ESPN that I don't watch because I don't have cable. I saw one episode online last year, which incidentally was about football. It featured quarterback Brandon Weeden throwing footballs at clay pigeons.

The Perfection Point is mostly about physics and physiology. Brenkus explains everything clearly enough for the layperson (i.e, me) to understand. He even passes the ultimate sportswriting test: I enjoyed his chapters about golf and basketball even though I hate those sports. I wish there was an index, though. Shouldn't an index be mandatory in a science book?

* That's okay; I already read an entire book about The Physics of Football.

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