By Janine Benyus. First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest. 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. This profound and accessible book, written by Biomimicry co-founder Janine Benyus, details how designers and scientists are studying nature’s genius to.

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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. It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!!

She is also President of The Biomimicry Institutea non-profit organization whose mission is to naturalize biomimicry in the culture by promoting the transfer of ideas, designs, and strategies from biology to sustainable human systems design. Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the face and that were pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.

Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. 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.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. There are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are doing things right. There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season. The or so pages of this book are divided into eight chapters that ask why we are talking about biomimicry now, how we may feed ourselves in the future, how we will harness energy, how we will make things, how we will heal ourselves, how we will store what we learn, how will we conduct business, and where we will go from here.


I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive.

I am excited to look for updated material to see what pr Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read her account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own.

The most exciting chapters, for me, jamine those on energy mimicking photosynthesis and medicine Big Pharma hunting for new meds in the rainforest. Biomkmicry instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as the ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best.

Janine Benyus

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.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. Each chapter followed a similar structure: Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot.


Innovation Inspired by Nature. You know, cuz of ev’lution janinne all. Oh, and there’s a TED talk. Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. She lives in Stevensville, Montana. Retrieved from ” https: This is the difficult truth: Sep 19, Steve Voiles rated it it was amazing Shelves: Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages.

What of the other biological ‘computers’ in nature that ‘compute’ thousands upon thousands of times faster and quicker? Didi mentioned that, in addition to smoking elephant dung!

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. A well developed look into how biology can shape the world around us. All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if you’re not especially scientifically minded, but if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful.

Fascinating new angle to look at the nature! 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.

Lists with This Book. Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Refresh and try again. Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read.

Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century. I am excited to look for updated janie to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M.

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