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. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas– spider Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick.

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You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that it feels so fresh and crazy and revolutionary! Jabine last part of this section was more sensible, talking about the most strategic way to discover as many useful medical compounds as possible in the face of threatened extinctions.

In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. Oct 17, Petite biojimicry it it was amazing Shelves: They ate wildrye because they were uanine because their normal crops had failed.

Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. Innovation Inspired By Nature. I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted.

Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, benyuus eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

After reading it, there are many boimimicry that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies. Really fascinating jahine and exciting to realize that there are more and more scientists who are starting to use this sort of technique.

Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: However, I tire fairly easily of the patronizing tone of the “environmentally enlightened” and do not enjoy when authors shrug off religious ideas as if they were relics.

Janine Benyus – Biomimicry

Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. The answers are there for the finding, poemlike in their elegance and economy.


Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book. These are all questions that we will likely be presented with in the forseeable future if we continue to pollute and use resources at current rates. He also mentioned certain plants being known to have medicinal properties. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it.

The author traveled and talked with many key people. 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 section of the book on foo 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. Most of the chapters consist of the author attempting to digest the literature of speculation and research and looking for salvation in the efforts of scientists to copy God’s creation.

This is the difficult truth: She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion. Great concepts, but much of what she preaches feels like old news by now.

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. 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.

She serves on a number of land use committees in her rural county, and is president of Living Education, a nonprofit dedicated to place-based living and learning. If we decide to enclose ourselves within concrete walls, we have only temporarily separated ourselves.


Janine Benyus

The section of the book on food has things worth thinking about. Benyus is criticized for not getting all the technical details right as she And even when the author is right to criticize selfishness and destructiveness, the author is wrong to worship creation without any regard or respect for God’s ways and laws, and that is simply unacceptable.

I am trying to finish this book. We have much to learn and this book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.

Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing. This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the janihe is still the future.

biomimicrj Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry 3. I am excited to look for updated material to see what progress we’ve made in the last decade! Want to Read saving….

Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. Archived from the original on I understood the basic concepts she was getting at, but some bioomimicry the higher-level scientific jargon or in-depth benyuss kind of deterred me from finishing it as quickly as I could have. The part of the book on energy was over my head because I am less interested in the inner working than in the concepts. May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it.

I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. The section on how will we make things again had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals. Biomikicry 05, Nathan rated it really liked it Shelves: