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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How does nature filter? Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. You can find out about that at The Biomimicry Institutewhich is our non-profit arm. Jajine first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Ecosystems are completely efficient role models and after reading this, I am certainly questioning how we got so far off the right path, and what it will take for our development to get back on the correct path and to follow the designs of nature.

It is at the time fascinating and sad to see this optimism and will to change the world for the better. 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. In biomimicry, we bring benyue biologists to the design table. A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry.

Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it.

This book was the basis for a two hour TV special. What of the other biological ‘computers’ in nature that ‘compute’ thousands upon thousands of times faster and quicker? They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

The book is inspiring for those with the love of biology and engineering. This book was a revelation for me.

Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. To ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease sign up. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. How do they keep the dust off of them? This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of 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.


When you hear this optimistic soon-utopia-to-be tone ofwhen it was written, you can’t help but look at what’s happening now and see that nothing much has changed. 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.

And the companies that are truly learning companies, truly adaptive, truly resilient, truly diverse, and decentralized and network-based—like ecosystems—are the ones that are going to survive and thrive.

Janine Benyus: Biomimicry Is Innovation Inspired By Nature

Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. I am happy I read it and definitely feel I have benefitted. 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. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans.

The computer technologies went a bit over my head. There are a few gems of ideas in the book, but the tone veers too much toward preachy and has too many far-fetched oddities. Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. 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.

Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. 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. Think about the Wright brothers looking at turkey vultures to learn about drag and lift in flight.


If we were to make it, we would use chemicals and pigments. Paperbackpages. It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example. When light reflects back to us through the layers, it creates the color blue or green or gold to your eye.

We clearly have a lot to learn and it is imperative that we do so. Innovation Inspired by Nature. I think some of the intensive details coul This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature.

They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed.

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 create energy, Biomimicry is riveting. When rainwater comes, it balls up.

I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections! The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change. I was introduced to the work of Janine Benyus by a student of mine about a year and a half ago, and have been meaning to read this book, Biomimicry: Descriptions of the people working in this field are the kind of thing that usually bring a subject to life, but this time there are too many and too many technical details of things, including ones in the experimental stages that may or may not work out.

I would say the book is a bit outdated. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through with a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

I’ve had a huge rapprochement with bio and nature lately, and this book really hit the spot. More and more universities are teaching biology to non-biology majors.