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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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Having finished ajnine book, I feel justified in my own personal boko and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand.

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.

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. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature. 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.

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.


How will we feed ourselves? This book was the basis for a two hour TV special. 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.

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All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if you’re not especially scientifically minded, but if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies.

It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and benyys insights into how we could use it, was really cool. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. You know, cuz of ev’lution and all. I think some of the intensive details could have biomimcry omitted.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3.

Archived from the original on Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go. Using hacks that evolution developed over its history.

That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant 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.


I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

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. 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. 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 will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.

She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. Innovation Inspired By Nature. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. 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 jannie a more “sustainable” lifestyle without government coercion.

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