By Nicholai A. Bernstein, Mark L. Latash, Michael T. Turvey
It is a very strange booklet. It brings to the English conversing reader a masterpiece written a few 50 years in the past by means of one of many maximum minds of the 20 th century--Nicholai Aleksandrovich Bernstein--considered the founding father of many modern fields of technological know-how akin to biomechanics, motor keep an eye on, and body structure of job. Divided into elements, this volume's first part is a translation of the Russian e-book On Dexterity and Its improvement. It provides, in a really reader-friendly kind, Bernstein's significant principles on the topic of the advance and keep watch over of voluntary routine more often than not, and to the idea of dexterity, particularly. even though only a few clinical works stay fascinating to the reader 50 years once they have been written, this volume--now to be had for the 1st time in English--is a unprecedented exception to this rule. His rules are in no way out of date. truly, we're simply beginning to clutch the intensity and breadth of his pondering, specially his research of the advanced suggestion of dexterity. the second one part offers either a old and a latest point of view on Bernstein's principles. the unique paintings was once directed at a large viewers starting from experts in biomechanics and motor habit, to coaches, neurologists, actual therapists, athletes, or even inquisitive university and highschool scholars. The chapters contributed through modern scientists reflect Bernstein's sort and current new findings within the components of biomechanics, motor regulate, and motor improvement in a fashion that may be either comprehensible to non-specialists in those parts, and informative for execs operating in numerous components with regards to human flow. All these drawn to the origins and mechanisms of the creation of voluntary activities, without reference to their academic history, will locate this ebook helpful. furthermore, the original historical past and composition of this article is going to make it necessary and engaging to historians and philosophers of technological know-how.
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Finally, as for the illustrative material, I enjoy the full support of the publisher and introduced numerous drawings into the text. The book contains drawings whose content closely accompanies the material and also a number of scientific illustrations indirectly supporting the discourse (these are mostly drawings from areas of anatomy, zoology, and paleontology and photographs of the highest athletic achievements). I decided not to be afraid of including an element of humor in some cartoons, genially making fun of clumsiness and awkwardness or suggesting unrealistic examples of dexterity and skillfulness.