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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Jul bpok, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. I’d like to think that they’ll be solving more complex problems than our computers today solve, where there is likely no “right” answer. Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd.

Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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. 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.

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 future. A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and we are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip.

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Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation. It is not so readable as a result, and janiine chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative. 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. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it.

In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing beyus the poor and foreigners.

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Dec 26, Angela rated it really liked it Shelves: The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!!

This book requires too much reading for what you get out of it. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize boimimicry truths about design and creation that were staring her in the biomimciry and that were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M. 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.


HarperCollinsMay 21, – Science – pages. May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it.

Good examples and context. This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

Apr 10, Jxnine rated it really liked it.

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If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves. That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. The answers are there for the finding, poemlike in their elegance and economy.

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

Anyone interested in the people and ideas that are shaping our future must read this book to know where the most exciting biomimicrry lie — -literally all around us.

While I am not scientifically illiterate, I certaily don’t have an in depth understanding of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The book Biomimicry was bool in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting.