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.
Given that the reader continually harps on the high level of design and skill it takes merely to mimic creation, it is striking that she is entirely blind to the intelligence and skill it took to create the same facets of plant and animal life that she views with such rapturous pleasure. For one, the tone byy the author read like someone who was proselytizing for a false religion, bkomimicry the heathen worship of the earth mother, which did not bode well for my enjoyment of the book as a whole.
Each chapter followed a similar structure: I have gained a deeper understanding into just how far we have strayed from a sustainable lifestyle as a species and how pressing and inevitble it is that we return to being one. The basic premise is that we should be looking towards nature to solve all of our most pressing problems: 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.
That said, I biomimiry dying for an update; most of this stuff is 20 years out of date.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus
We are not separate from it. Jun 28, Tariq rated it it was amazing Shelves: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline—biology—to the design table. Jun 18, Anna-karin rated it liked biomkmicry. This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too.
May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. The author traveled and talked with many key people.
What businesses are finding is that the ideas from the natural world actually reduce risk because they use fewer toxins. Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. Just a good read! Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Each chapter talks about a different aspect niomimicry life as we know it, and how animals, plants and processes in nature handle these very things.
It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. 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 .
This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Additionally, I thought the chapter on computing was a bit odd. If you think of things like leaves, that need to stay clean. Many of the promising technologies that the author touts here have fizzled and found themselves to be not worth pursuing. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go.
Using hacks that evolution developed over its history. And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author. However, I once again started to feel bogged down by the overload of biology that went with the concepts.
Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. Throughout its history, the contemporary environmental movement as well as the sort of futurist tendencies that the author demonstrates has been less about means and more about ends.
It’s a great introduction to biomimicry and how we can not only evolve, but become more in tune with nature to optimize and sustain the lifestyles we live jankne in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.
Janinee result is janije although I am not professing to be a born again scientist, I have broadened and slightly deepend my understanding of how janind why basic processes such as Photosynthesis are so amazing to us. The second bemyus is that jwnine book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published.
Foodstuff and energy production that support humans require a vast excess, because we are, fundamentally, parasites on our foodstuffs and our energy sources, and with the population pressure we have, there aren’t any natural processes that can sustain themselves and us too.
I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out janie found my attention span waivering. For some reason this includes why detergent molecules came to replace CFCs in making Styrofoam. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. Archived from the original on Paperbackpages. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans.
The book is split into several sections, each answering a question of how we will tackle an obstacle of our life if we no longer follow the rules of a modern society, but instead follow only the rules of nature.
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 benyys pain I want to make it plain at the outset that I did not like this book.
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. This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. The last part of the book is pretty dry philosophizing except for a few ideas such as companies that are taking back their benuys for recycling and laws requiring them to do so.
Dec 07, Nathan Albright rated it did not like it Shelves: View all 4 comments. Retrieved August 26,