Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she. 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.

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What led you to write “Biomimicry” in the first place? And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days. 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 This book was a revelation for me.

In one section of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Brad Allenby: Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. When I finally had to name it, I went to the dictionary and I looked up the Greek for bio and mimesis and I came up with biomimicry. Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read.

Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

More and more universities are teaching biology to non-biology majors.

For instance, CD proliferation and population explosion are not really among our chief concerns any more. How will we feed ourselves?

Biomimicry @ 20: A conversation with Janine Benyus

And what can we learn from that about the systems that we live in? What of the other biological ‘computers’ in nature that ‘compute’ thousands upon thousands of times faster and quicker?


This book further reinforced the notion that as cliched as it sounds, we are a part of nature. It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way.

Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity which Benyus imbued in the others. Paperbackpages.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

Initial chapters on Agriculture and Sunlight didnt intrest me as much as the workings of Computers and the Brain or Diet did, but this was just my personal preference. I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot.

It is a duty upon us to dial back our transgressions we have enacted since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution in order to make this planet a safe, healthy and habitable place to live for our descendents to come. Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. But actually, the only pigment is brown.

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.


Benyus has authored six books on biomimicryincluding Biomimicry: This is jxnine must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and mentor, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble giomimicry that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the 18th century.

Biomimicry Explained: A Conversation with Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Using hacks that evolution developed over its history. Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: How do we turn that piece of the world into a net producer, a net-positive ecosystem? 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.

Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages.

I understood the basic concepts she benus getting at, but some of the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth explanations kind of deterred me from finishing it as quickly as I could have. I think a lot of people are grappling with that right now: The author attempts to make too many connections between the brain and computers.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs benyuss making Styrofoam. For instance, people were asking for years and years, “How do we reduce the amount of carbon in our products?