By Janine Benyus. First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest. Biomimicry has ratings and reviews. Smellsofbikes said: I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. I enjoy reading all t. This profound and accessible book, written by Biomimicry co-founder Janine Benyus, details how designers and scientists are studying nature’s genius to.

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I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! And I am glad I did. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry.

To ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

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The book itself consists of a series of explorations that the author has into various aspects of bioengineering that seek to take what is best out of biomlmicry and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways. There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. Innovation Inspired By Nature. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best.

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. 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. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs benuys in this book, and in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

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Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious solutions to the problem of human survival: There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our reliance on hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy continues to have a fairly pitiful total share of our energy sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.


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. With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment!

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. Lists with This Book. This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now.

The future of science and engineering for the layman. Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea.

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Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. Descriptions of the people working in biomikicry field are the kind of thing that usually bring 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 or may not work out.

I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection. Open Preview See a Problem?

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Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics.

Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it 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. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.


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. 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. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago.

Good examples and context. I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi. 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 d Reading this book was depressing. Fascinating new angle to look at the nature! A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Biomimicry is obok revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas–spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and DNA–and adapts them for human use. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana. biomimircy

Nov 05, Nathan rated it bio,imicry liked it Shelves: Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. She lives in Stevensville, Montana.

HarperCollinsMay 21, – Science – pages. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. 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.

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