By Janine Benyus. First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature’s best ideas to solve our toughest. 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. This profound and accessible book, written by Biomimicry co-founder Janine Benyus, details how designers and scientists are studying nature’s genius to.

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A lot of the concepts that were talked about clearly haven’t worked, as here we are 13 years later, and we are still destroying our environment at a sprinter’s clip. Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D.

The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas It discussed the way abalone shell and mussel byssuses are formed and how those could be mimicked. All in all, this can be a very tough book to read if you’re not especially scientifically minded, but if you persevere and understand the message it is very, very powerful. 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 today in hopes of preserving that for generations to come.

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it.

I enjoy reading all the gee-whiz almost-there projects that are going to supplant petroleum-based agriculture, energy, and the like, any day now. Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. Views Read Edit View history.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

A inspiration for mankind. Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects.


The author’s approach, though, that we should celebrate scarcity, worship nature, and accept some kind of technocratic government ruled by unaccountable scientific elites who adopt some sort of socialistic system is shared by many others, and no amount of specific debunking of this or that technology is going to change the fact that the author wishes to drastically reshape our society and whether it is done through the choice to reject contemporary ways made freely by people or by coercion when they do not move far or quickly enough, the author’s ulterior motives are the same.

The computer technologies went a bit over my head. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it.

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. Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so ebnyus prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections! Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe. Retrieved August 26, Reading this book was depressing. Benyus is an American natural sciences writer, innovation consultant, and author.

Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide blok wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection.

The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting. In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. 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.


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I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot. That wording is the sort of institutional bias that runs rampant in this book, and 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.

Instead of going to depth of the problem, analysing it, the author proposes a journey through a possible utopia which is offered by biomimicry.

View all 4 comments. The book mentions the buying and selling of pollution permits which had just gone into effect when the book was piblished as the ah-ha moment that was going to change industry, and now, looking back, we know that is not the case. Janjne editions – View all Biomimicry: 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.

Perhaps the weakest chapter was the final one, examining business and economics “like a redwood forest”. Archived from the original on What was even more perplexing to me is the fact that, after all this technological talk, Benyus wrapped up the book by talking about how we should get back bbenyus nature, Iroquois style.