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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It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.

May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. Refresh and try again. Benyus No preview available – There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end ouron hydrocarbons they haven’tand renewable energy continues to have a fairly pitiful total share of our energy sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.

In one section of the book, she discussed how we uanine use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed. Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it.

He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. Return to Book Page. She serves on a number of biomimicgy use committees Janine M. The section on hiomimicry will we make things again had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals. Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked it. How will we heal ourselves was awesome.


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Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap benyis nature and technology.

Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: This book requires too much reading niomimicry what you get out of it. The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.

Everything else around your house would j leased as a service. Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as bionimicry as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. 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.

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. Fascinating new biomjmicry to look at the nature!

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One can see in the twenty years between this biomimicty publishing and today that those of the author’s ilk are much less confident about their ability to persuade people to change their ways to adopt what would now be called a more “sustainable” lifestyle without government coercion.

The most exciting chapters, biomimicrry me, were those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. There is much more to this book.


Oct 17, Petite 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. Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it.

She is a graduate of Rutgers with degrees bbenyus forestry and writing and has lectured widely on science topics. This book is an eye opener for those who may janone be aware of progress has been made biomkmicry by nature. 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.

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. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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 Janinne creation. Granted, I am biomiimicry sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious solutions to the problem of human survival: Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda.

Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung! Can we grow food in polycultures?