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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Refresh and try again. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

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.

Janine Benyus

Granted, I am overly biomijicry in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. InBenyus co-founded a non-profit organization which launched AskNature. Innovation Inspired by Nature. There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season.

It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There is much more to this book. It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better. Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. 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.


This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

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. I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a benyuus lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one.

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.

The author attempts to make biomimicrg many connections between the brain and computers. This book was the basis for a two hour Biomimjcry special. Dayna Baumeister, the Innovation Consultancywhich helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

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beynus 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. Want to Read saving…. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking benjus the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others. How will we feed ourselves? It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example.


She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biomimifry to sustainable human systems design. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: You should still pick up this book. The future of science and engineering for the layman.

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. Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now. Janone 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].

Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. 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. Oh, benuus there’s a TED talk. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Nov 05, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: 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!

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