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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Janine Benyus

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. Can we bt perennials, which are self-fertilizing and self-weeding, instead of annuals as food crops?

Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. Benyus born in New Jersey is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author.

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly bbiomimicry technology than humans.

Innovation Inspired By Nature. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves.

What of the other biological ‘computers’ in nature that ‘compute’ thousands upon thousands of times faster and quicker? Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at biomimicdy University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. Want to Read Currently Reading Jamine. To see what your friends biomimjcry of this book, please sign up. Jun 28, Tariq rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.


Reading this book was depressing. Each chapter followed a similar structure: The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

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.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting benuys digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation.

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. For one, the tone of the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, namely the heathen worship of the earth jnine, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book benjus a whole.

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Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. The future of science and engineering for the layman. Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: So Benyus’s chapter on bio-medical research hunting for drugs in the rainforest – and even investing resources into preserving indigenous knowledge of which plants heal, etc.


Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into 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. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!!

I loved the author’s writing style full of imagery, interesting phrasing, and story-like progressionbut a good portion of the book was over my head.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

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. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. 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. There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will biimimicry successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.

I would say the book is a bit outdated. She is a graduate of Rutgers with degrees in forestry and writing and has lectured widely on science topics.