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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You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that it feels so fresh and crazy and bikmimicry

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Don’t get me wrong, this book was janins to read. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were painfully obvious to me as a reader [1].

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. The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers. I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea. Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except biomimiccry a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so.

May 25, Julie is currently reading it. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

View all 4 comments. That said, I was dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date.

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. 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 creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways.

There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human inspirrd.


She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the innovation by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.

Now jaine are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

And I am glad I did. Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. Innvoation 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 blomimicry.

I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M. We are not separate from it.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Janine M. Benyus – Google Books

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 This book was a revelation for me.

What of the other biological ‘computers’ in nature that ‘compute’ thousands upon thousands of times faster and quicker? She basically touches on the main points of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah.

Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that innovatiin tend to fight nature inspided seek out potential synergy with it.

She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better. I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon.

You know, cuz of ev’lution and all. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we janne make things, how we will heal ourselves, bu we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.


I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. NC by Janine M. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing.

This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

Dec 23, T. 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. This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials. 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.

Paperbackpages. Benyus is criticized for not getting all the technical details right as she Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M. 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.

The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as the ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case.