Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Kindle edition by Janine M. Benyus. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she.

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Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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.

From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and bneyus – how grasses biommimicry grown in a way that rejuvenates the soil to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to This book was a revelation for me. The result is that although I am not professing to be a born again scientist, I have broadened and slightly deepend my understanding of how and why basic processes such as Photosynthesis are so amazing to us. Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

The cure for cancer may lie in an undiscovered plant being burnt in the amazon for agricultural purposes. Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too many and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

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See 2 questions about Biomimicry…. The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas Design Recommender The 7 best tools for making your most productive year yet Co.


For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any jxnine. Lists with This Book.

Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less benyua means and more about ends.

I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now. The watchword right now is resilience in the face of jjanine.

And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

She basically biomimicy 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.

Dec 23, T. I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one. Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like biommiicry news by now.

Janne author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, and no amount of specific debunking of this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it is done through the choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.

Apr 10, Taryn rated bdnyus really liked it.

Janine Benyus

However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and benyuw not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics. You should still pick up this book. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.


Innovation Inspired by Nature. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. Archived from the original on I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted.

Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Having finished this book, I feel justified in my own personal awe and wonder in how trees, plants and animals thrive in ways that we are too theoretically advanced but practically primitive to understand. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. Businesses also use biomimicry to re-imagine their whole company. Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems.

Design The 15 coolest interfaces of the year. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach. This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. 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.

Dirt particles teeter on those bumps. The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature. We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners.