Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas– spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and DNA–and. Biomimicry is the quest for innovation inspired by nature. In Biomimicry, science writer Janine M. Benyus names and explains this phenomenon that has been. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage .

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This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

One can see in the twenty years between this book’s publishing and today that those of the author’s ilk are much less confident about their ability to persuade people to change their ways to adopt what would now be called a more “sustainable” lifestyle without government coercion.

The computer technologies went a bit over my head. What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by talking about how we should get back to nature, Iroquois style. Nov 05, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference.

I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders hiomimicry condescension. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to innovatino so. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture.


Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.

Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” 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.

Quite often it was a bit more than I was comfortable going through. She takes us into the lab and out into the field with the maverick thinkers who are stirring vats of proteins to unleash their signaling power in computers Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M.

Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”. Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it. Having finished this book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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.


Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: See 2 questions about Biomimicry….

Biomimics are scientists and inventors who study nature’s greatest achievements – spider silk and tallgrass, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and forests – and adapt them for human use. Everything else around your house would be leased as a service.

The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the innovatino. A well developed look into how biology can shape the world around us.

This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections!

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.