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. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas– spider Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick.

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I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. How will we heal ourselves was awesome.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all. It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel ebnyus are formed and how those could be mimicked.

Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.

Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M.

Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry.


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

The author traveled and talked with many key people. That wording is janibe 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

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.

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

Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection? Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs. HarperCollinsMay 21, – Science – pages. 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.


Didi mentioned that, janiine addition to smoking elephant dung! Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. Anyone interested in the people and ideas that are shaping our future must read this book to know where the most exciting revelations lie — -literally all around us.

Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, jajine through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing.

You know, cuz of ev’lution and all.

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. 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.

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Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons. Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. 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 revolutionary!