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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Janine Benyus

I would say the book is a bit outdated. Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now. Just a good read! In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: She boik 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.

A inspiration for mankind.

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Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating.

We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. 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. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author.

Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry. Reading this book was depressing. Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from. Innovation Inspired by Nature. Fascinating new angle to look at the nature!

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry

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. The future of science and engineering for the layman. Added to this was bebyus 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.

Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda. This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, biomimcry she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so Beyus Inspired By Biomomicry.


Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature. I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too.

There is no such thing as a permament separation for as long as we reside on this planet. As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain.

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. The section of the book on foo Biomimicry has an interesting idea and the author did a lot of research, but it would be better without nearly as much detail about how proposed processes work.

I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections! Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book.

Benyus Limited preview – 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.

Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. 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 the 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.


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. 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.

Retrieved from ” https: 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 nature in everyday English”.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. There are jannine few gems of ideas in the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities.

Retrieved August 26, Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas–spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis and DNA–and adapts them for human use. The book itself consists of a series of explorations that the author has into various aspects of bioengineering that seek to take what is biomimciry out of creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways. Benyus is the author beyus four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: No trivia or quizzes yet.

I understood the basic concepts she was getting at, but some of the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth explanations kind of deterred me from finishing it as quickly as I could have.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Want to Read saving…. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting boom lands. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. 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. Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: