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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Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only innovatoin rules of nature.

I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this innovstion. A fantastic book about biomijicry possibilities available for biomimicry. Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor. He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.

I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity. A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and biomimiccry are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip.

I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book natyre hit the spot. 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 section of the book on foo Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work.


Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool.

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.

The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. No trivia or quizzes yet. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing.

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all.

This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so Foodstuff and energy production that support humans require a vast excess, because we are, fundamentally, parasites on our foodstuffs and our energy sources, and with the population pressure we have, there aren’t any natural processes that can sustain themselves and us too.

That said, the whole book was great. In many cases, these technologies are in innovatiob sight: Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous nture of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century.

Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. It is a duty upon us to dial back our transgressions we have enacted since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in order to make this planet a safe, healthy and habitable place to live for our descendents to come.


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It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way.

Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work. Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a possible utopia which is offered by biomimicry. Jnine ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up. Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The future of science and engineering for the layman. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. The Land Institute, http: The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and there are some fantastic ideas, such as shape computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA. The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers.