Biomimicry (Google eBook)

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Harper Collins, Aug 11, 2009 - Science - 320 pages
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This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.

If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of evolution’s 3.8 billion years of R&D since the first bacteria. Biomimics study nature’s best ideas: photosynthesis, brain power, and shells – and adapt them for human use. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world.

Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. She takes us into the lab and out in the field with cutting-edge researchers as they stir vats of proteins to unleash their computing power; analyse how electrons zipping around a leaf cell convert sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they’re sick; study the hardy prairie as a model for low-maintenance agriculture; and more.

  

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Incredibly wide-ranging, well-researched, spanning in style everything between almost-too-technical-for-simple-me and more-esotheric-and-I-need-a-treehug. If anybody can tell me whether the book has ... Read full review

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Some content is a bit dated, but very good messages and takeaways all throughout. Read full review

Contents

ECHOING NATURE
1
H A PTE R 3 HOW WILL WE HARNESS ENERGY?
59
HOW WILL WE MAKE THINGS?
95
HOW WILL WE HEAL OURSELVES?
146
HOW WILL WE STORE WHAT WE LEARN?
185
HOW WILL WE CONDUCT BUSINESS?
238
CHAPTER G WHERE WILL WE GO FROM HERE?
285
BIOINSPIRED READINGS
299
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About the author (2009)

Janine M. Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: A Watchers Guide to How Animals Act and Why. She is a graduate of Rutgers with degrees in forestry and writing and has lectured widely on science topics. She lives in Stevensville, Montana.

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