If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage . Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Download Citation on ResearchGate | On Jan 1, , Janine M. Benyus and others published Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature }.

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That said, seeing into the world of the biomimic, briefly understanding how brilliant and complex nature actually is and getting insights into how we beyus use it, was really cool.

Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M.

Also, I’m an economist, and I was a bit miffed that Benyus biomimicrj focused on interviewing “industrial ecologists” – a field I’m innogation with, but that sounded a lot like environmental economics. 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.

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. Sep 06, Egle Ghhe rated it really liked it. The future of science and engineering for the layman. Each chapter followed a similar structure: InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models ibnovation order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Jul 23, Apoorv Gupta rated it really liked it. Just a moment while we sign onnovation in to your Goodreads account.

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It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature isnpired order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way. The author does bring out some good points about the drawbacks of conventional computing and there are some fantastic ideas, such as shape computing, evolving computer code, using a molecule from bacteria to compute based on light input, and solving difficult problems with tubes of DNA.


Good ideas that are taken from nature’s 4 billion years of R and D. I loved the author’s writing style full of imagery, interesting phrasing, and story-like progressionbut a good portion of the book was over my head.

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

Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all. Jul 24, Olivia rated it natrue liked it. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative.

Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. Oh, and there’s a TED talk.

Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely. Innovation Inspired by Nature. Biomimicry Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry, including Biomimicry: There were several technologies and practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed. I think some of the intensive details could have been omitted. 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.


Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry. Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Reading about how monkeys and rats manage to balance their diets according to their environments was fascinating too, how ironic that we are the most ‘advanced’ species on the planet yet other species do with ease what we are increasingly struggling to do?

After reading it, there are many advancements that have been developed since then and a second book could easily be made with the new technologies. She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems.

I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. Nov 21, Peter Mcloughlin rated it really liked it Shelves: If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature

She is also President of the The Biomimicry Institute, a 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. This books explains janne aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too.

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.