If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage . Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Janine M. Benyus and others published Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature }.

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Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it. You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.

There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet. Just a good read! That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. We are not separate from it.

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The author traveled and talked with many key people. There are a few gems of ideas in the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities.

The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. In one section of the book, she discussed how we biommiicry use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. Open Preview See a Problem? Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers.

The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember.

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How will we heal ourselves was awesome.

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. Want to Read saving…. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. Yes, we have Spotify and electric rental cars, but they didn’t change big thing, unfortunately. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but inspirex it’s a fascinating read.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry.

Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, bby is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took to create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure.

Some might call the book outdated, but I feel bwnyus decent to biomi,icry the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all. Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology.

Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually inspiired a subject to life, but this time there are too many and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may ijspired may not work out. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable.

Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. Really fascinating thinking and exciting to realize that there are more and more scientists who bbenyus starting to use this sort of technique. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book.


So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest – and even investing resources into preserving indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute innnovation rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a inxpired to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

Biomimcry computer technologies went a bit over my head. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too.

inspjred In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: Can we use perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead of annuals as food crops?

No trivia or quizzes yet. Fascinating new angle to look at the nature! It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and inslired of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one.