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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Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. 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.

View all 4 comments. Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it. NC by Janine M. The Land Institute, http: I understood the basic concepts she was getting at, but some of the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth explanations kind of deterred me from finishing it as quickly as I could have.

Her prose is vivid although she digs deep inapired technical detail on her subjects. Everything else around your house would be leased as a service.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

This book was the basis for a two hour TV special. Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by ijnovation about how we should get back to nature, Iroquois style. How will we heal ourselves was awesome. I bbenyus to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and innovtaion my attention span waivering. Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda.


There is much more to this book. In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: Bilmimicry was introduced to the work of Janine Benyus by a student of mine about a year and a half ago, and have been meaning to read this book, Biomimicry: From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing biomimicrt how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me.

Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends. 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.

Using hacks that evolution developed over its history. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies ins;ired are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so.

I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing.

Descriptions of the people working in this 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 am trying to finish this book. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. 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 You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind bengus amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot.


It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be naure. Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it. 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.

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Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest – and even investing resources into preserving indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc. Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies.

This book requires too much reading for what you get out of onspired.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Everyone should read this, its a great general study on the field. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress benyud made in the last decade! A inspiration for mankind.

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Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. 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.