Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

by Janine M Benyus

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Repackaged with a new Afterword, this "valuable and entertaining" (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best ideas to solve tough 21st century problems

Biomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth. Biomimics study nature's most successful ideas over the past 3.5 million years, and adapt them for human use. The results are revolutionizing how materials are invented and how we compute, heal ourselves, repair the environment, and feed the world.

Janine Benyus takes readers into the lab and in the field with maverick thinkers as they: discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they're sick; learn how to create by watching spiders weave fibers; harness energy by examining how a leaf converts sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; and many more examples.

Composed of stories of vision and invention, personalities and pipe dreams, Biomimicry is must reading for anyone interested in the shape of our future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061958922
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/11/2009
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 929,868
File size: 587 KB

About the Author

Janine M. Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: A Watchers Guide to How Animals Act and Why. She is a graduate of Rutgers with degrees in forestry and writing and has lectured widely on science topics. She lives in Stevensville, Montana.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and engaging to read, this book satisfies the reader curious to know more about the fascinating field of biomimicry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first bought a copy of this for a brother graduating high school who was interested in biology. After skimming a couple chapters, I was completely hooked, and had to buy a second copy to give to him, since I was still reading the original! The writing neatly blends hardcore science into the real world, showing you how copying the fundamentals of nature can help create sustainable and environmentally-sensible technology for the future. And it isn't all about technology -- one of the best chapters is about alternative approaches to agriculture. A must-read for aspiring biology majors, environmental engineers, or anyone with an interest in environmental science.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book thoroughly because it included both an intriguing look at the future of technology and a humbling reminder that a much-needed change in our outlook of nature is approaching (or arrived already for some). I was impressed by the various examples of ingenuity and innovation of biomimics and their biological inspirations. The book was written with colorful language and clever references and avoids stifling scientific detail. It contains all the specificity needed to wet one's whistle for a fascinating topic without getting dry.
DavidGerstel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
If you love building but worry about the impact of the work on our planet, Biomimicry can fill you with hope for the future. Benyus is criticized for not getting all the technical details right as she covers a wide range of scientific subjects armed only with a Master's degree. Buit even those who try to take her down admit that Benyus is making an important subject more accessible to lay readers. By imitating nature (biomimicing), she reports, we can convert our production processes -- including design and construction of buildings -- so that they merge with rather than poison and disrupt the organic cycle. For example, she describes research on building coatings whose pigments are modeled on the chloroplasts in plants and that would produce the power for a building the coatings are applied to.
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