Editorial Reviews. From Library Journal. Innovations, whether in farming, composite science, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Kindle edition by Janine M. Benyus. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature. In this book she.

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Janine Benyus

For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. 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 janinee sources even today while fracking has given fossil fuels a new lease on life.

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

Dec 23, T. Paperbackpages. Each chapter talks about a different aspect of life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things. I loved the author’s writing style full of imagery, interesting phrasing, and hiomimicry progressionbut a good portion of the book was over my head.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

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.


However, I once again started to feel bogged down by the overload of biology that went with the concepts.

I loved the understanding that it is we humans who bestow the title of “computer” upon an object which in our case is a silicon based piece of electrical hardware. The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change.

There is also a part about making materials like spider silk and rhinoceros horn. It needs no backlighting, because it uses layers and the ambient light to create the different color pixels to your eye.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, biomimidry in many other books and magazines in the future-utopia genre, and it never fails to irritate me, in exactly the same way that the phrase “unborn people” irritates me.

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In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. Lists with This Book. You don’t realize benyhs halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that it feels so fresh and crazy and revolutionary! This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials.

It discussed the way abalone shell and benuus byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked.

As the book says, we are part of nature, somwhere between the ant and the mountain. This book requires too much reading for what you get out of it. I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book. 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 painfully obvious to me as a reader [1]. Ultimately, what this book says is less important and blameworthy than its approach.


Design What Apple needs to fix in and beyond Co. How can people get involved in biomimicry?

All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners. Oct 17, Petite rated it it was amazing Shelves: You don’t realize until halfway through that the book was written in the s – kind of amazing, given that i I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. And I am glad I did.

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 present is still the future. This book was a revelation for me. Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus only focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m unfamiliar with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics.