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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Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Retrieved August 26, I am trying to finish this book. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative. Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. She lives in Stevensville, Montana. I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive.

While I am not scientifically illiterate, I certaily don’t have an in depth understanding of Bomimicry, Chemistry or Physics. The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me biomijicry that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the biomimicrh of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember.

The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. These are all questions that we will likely be presented with in the forseeable future if we continue to pollute and use resources at current rates. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. 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.

This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future.

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Foodstuff and energy production that support humans require a vast excess, because we are, fundamentally, parasites on our foodstuffs and our energy sources, and with the population pressure we have, there aren’t any natural processes that can sustain themselves and us too.


HarperCollinsBiomimcry 21, – Science – pages. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. All in all, though, I would really recommend jjanine book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs.

Good examples and context. To ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up. The book itself consists of a series of explorations that the author has into various aspects bengus bioengineering that bimimicry to take what is best out of creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways.

But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of jabine in everyday English”. 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. Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a benyys utopia which is offered by biomimicry.

This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others.

He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. Dec 23, T.

She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. Yes, we have Spotify and electric rental cars, but they didn’t change big thing, unfortunately.

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Innovation Inspired by Nature, ever since. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. 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.


It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations biomimicyr come. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, bokk 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.

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.

It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example. Books by Janine M. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts.

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Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing. May 25, Julie is currently reading it.

Each chapter followed a similar structure: Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious solutions to boko problem of human survival: The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in 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 pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

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. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.