Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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Harper Collins, Aug 11, 2009 - Science - 320 pages

Repackaged with a new afterword, this "valuable and entertaining" (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best ideas to solve tough 21st century problems.

Biomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth. Biomimics study nature's most successful ideas over the past 3.5 million years, and adapt them for human use. The results are revolutionizing how materials are invented and how we compute, heal ourselves, repair the environment, and feed the world.

Janine Benyus takes readers into the lab and in the field with maverick thinkers as they: discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they're sick; learn how to create by watching spiders weave fibers; harness energy by examining how a leaf converts sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; and many more examples.

Composed of stories of vision and invention, personalities and pipe dreams, Biomimicry is must reading for anyone interested in the shape of our future.

 

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If you love building but worry about the impact of the work on our planet, Biomimicry can fill you with hope for the future. Benyus is criticized for not getting all the technical details right as she ... Read full review

BIOMIMICRY: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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``Doing it nature's way'' is the theme of this wide-eyed-with-wonder exposition of what's going on in a variety of fields—from farming to computer science—as scientists try to emulate natural ... 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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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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