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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Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.

Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action. There is much more inspided this benyua. You know, cuz of ev’lution and all.

Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung!

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry

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 nanine a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting. We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating.

Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. We have much to learn and this biomimicfy drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.

The book itself consists of a series of explorations bt the author has into various aspects of bioengineering that seek to take what is best out of creation and apply it to human beings in novel contexts or ways.


Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it jajine liked it. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one.

The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe.

Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and naturd replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” I appreciate natural beauty and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity.

I am trying to finish this book. The future of science and engineering for the layman. 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 innovatiom.

She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a 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.

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked.

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. 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.


This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: Jul 29, Hao Ca Vien rated it it was amazing. Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in innovatioj handle these very things. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else biomimicrh any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.

They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

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.

This is the difficult truth: The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. For one, the tone of the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, namely the heathen worship of the earth mother, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book as a whole. Thanks for telling us about the problem. It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better.

Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages.