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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The computer technologies went a bit over my head. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we could use it, was really cool. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas benyuus as companies that are taking back their products for recycling and laws requiring them to do so.

Benyus No preview available – This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it. I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

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. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: Benyus lives in Stevensville, Montana.

Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda.

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I went on a walking safari recently with a reformed poacher-turned-bushman-tour-guide named Didi. When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be janin ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed.


Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. I loved the understanding that it is we humans who gy the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware.

Innovation Inspired by Nature, ever since. However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago. Anyone interested in the people and ideas that are shaping our future must read this book to know where the most exciting revelations lie nanine -literally all around us. Reading this book was a frustrating experience for many reasons.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Oh, and there’s a TED talk. Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it.

The book itself consists of a series of explorations that 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.

Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.

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. Human’s defy nature by creating products and substances that do not naturally breakdown in a cycle that support life instead of endangering it.

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. Like those whom Paul comments on 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 of the aspects of design in the whole field of biomimicry, to results that are both irritating and occasionally hilarious.


This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon.

Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. Jun 28, Tariq rated it it was amazing Shelves: The author traveled and talked with many key people. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: The answers are there for the finding, poemlike in their elegance and economy. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.

It is a duty upon us to dial back our transgressions we have enacted since the ianine of the Industrial Revolution in order to make this planet a safe, healthy and habitable place to live for our descendents to come.

This book was a revelation for biomimicru. Account Options Sign in. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in The book is inspiring for biojimicry with the love of biology and engineering. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use janone Privacy Policy.

Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe. Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model hanine nature as mentor. This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too.

Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages.