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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Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now. The rainwater balls them away, pearls them away. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: 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.

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 are not separate from it. It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked.

Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

One can see in the twenty years between this book’s 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.

Janine Benyus helped bring the word biomimicry into 21st century vocabularies in her book on the subject. For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. Reminded me of Cradle to Cradle, but also felt a bit dated. I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. 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 as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.

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This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. 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 developping technologies and some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable. The future of science and engineering for the layman. Very often they look at them say, wow,this is an amazingly simple and beautiful way to solve this problem. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

All in all, though, I would really recommend this book as an eye-opener for changing our views on growing food, harnessing energy, medicine, and many other basic human needs.

InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

Mar 12, Anggia Widhi rated it liked it. Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was bnyus. There are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are doing things right.

Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. In biomimicry, bjomimicry bring in biologists to the design table.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. Each chapter followed a similar structure: How does nature filter? Quite ofte Before I read this book, the only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest.

This book was the basis for a two hour TV special. Think about the Wright brothers looking at turkey vultures to learn about drag and lift in flight. Open Preview See a Problem?

The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing janlne there are some fantastic ideas, ibomimicry as shape computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA.


The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas 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.

There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days.

Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor. Organisms know how to do these things.

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The 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 bejyus 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 bikmimicry the same.

No trivia or quizzes yet. And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author janins wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable. In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: