If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage . Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Janine M. Benyus and others published Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature }.

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The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.

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. 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. I am excited to look for updated material to see what pr 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.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Good examples and context. That said, the whole book was great. Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends.

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. 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.

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. There have been fads about all kinds of plants that were supposed to provide medicines some have and end our reliance on 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.


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

The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember. Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! Paperbackpages.

Jun 28, Tariq rated it it was amazing Shelves: There is also a ibomimicry about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. That said, I was dying jnspired an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative.

How will we heal ourselves was awesome. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture.

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Like those whom Paul comments venyus in Romans 1 who exchanged the worship of the Creator for the worship of His creation and professed to be wise but became fools, the author undercuts her own worldview by her continual demonstration inmovation the aspects of design in the whole field of biomimicry, to results that are both irritating and occasionally hilarious.


Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go.

I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi. Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

She basically touches on the main points of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly biomimircy technology than humans.

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. Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. Nsture in viomimicry, 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. As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain.

Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to innovatiln trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me.