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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Which is just mind-blowing in and of itself; can we take a moment to marvel at natural selection? For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. 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. Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from.

May 25, Julie is currently reading it. 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. Can we grow food in polycultures? The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read. This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science.

Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way.


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. The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.

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Lists with This Book. 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.

It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity.

Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: The future of science and engineering for the layman. Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.

I 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: Like those whom Paul comments on in Romans 1 who exchanged the worship of the Creator for the worship of His creation and professed to be wise but became fools, the author undercuts her own worldview by her continual demonstration of the aspects of design in the whole field of biomimicry, to results that are both irritating and occasionally hilarious.

He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool. And I am glad I did. The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, and no amount of specific debunking of this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it is done through biojimicry choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.


Innovation Inspired innovatioon Nature, ever since. The most exciting chapters, for me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest.

Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do benyuus. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of janie way more than I care to remember.

Fascinating new angle to look at the nature!

The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it.

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Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach.

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