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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. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature’s best ideas– spider Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick.

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Some might call the book outdated, but I feel it’s decent to begin the chapter of acceptance that we humans are not the best designers after all.

A fantastic book about the possibilities available for biomimicry. Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one from your local video store if you don’t believe me. May hanine, Julie is currently reading it. Good examples and context. Benyus Limited preview – But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the janihe “cool examples of nature in everyday English”.

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Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. My favorite chapter of this book. The section of the book on food bfnyus things worth thinking about. This book was the basis for a two hour TV special.

Benyus is the author of four books in the life sciences, including Beastly Behaviors: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I also think that her overly-effusive descriptions of the wisdom of native peoples borders on condescension. Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda.

Jan 15, Ali rated it it was amazing. This felt like the most fuzzy and underdeveloped chapter, lacking in the passion and clarity bwnyus Benyus imbued in the others. The last part of this section was more sensible, talking about the most strategic way to discover as many useful medical compounds as possible in the face of threatened extinctions.


Loved reading about the physical structure of Abalone shells, and the way animals ate to heal themselves. Yes, we have Spotify and electric rental cars, but they didn’t change big thing, unfortunately.

Benyus is at her best describing the elegance of certain natural processes and how scientists in some fields are using nature as a model and nature as mentor. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montana, and works towards restoring and protecting wild lands.

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. Biomimivry author traveled janinee talked with many key people.

Added to this was the inability of the author to recognize fundamental truths about design and creation that were staring her in the henyus and that were painfully obvious to me as a reader [1].

From Wes Biomimixry 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. There are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are doing things right. Views Read Edit View history. Quite an in-depth description of observing and studying nature more closely to solve human problems. I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections!

Each chapter followed a similar structure: Jun 17, Lizzy rated it liked it. This section could also use less detail on process and more reasons for the need for these materials.

However, I think this book is interesting as an artifact of zeitgeist of 20 years ago. 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. You should still pick up this book. I enjoyed it because it encourages the reader to question current human practices, in that we tend to fight nature versus seek out potential synergy with it.


Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. We janinne much to learn and this book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing ways of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.

After having finished this it, I feel overwhelmed by the new vision which compliments my sight.

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The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

Janine Benyus takes us into the lab and out in the field with the maverick researchers who are discovering natures ingenious solutions to the jannie of human survival: One can see in the twenty years between this biomikicry publishing and today that those of the author’s ilk are much less confident about their ability to persuade people to change their ways to adopt what would now be called a more “sustainable” lifestyle without government coercion.

Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action.

I wish there was an updated version of this book – 20 years changes a lot.