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. Janine Benyus is the Co-founder of Biomimicry She is a biologist, innovation consultant, and author of six books, including Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired. Janine Benyus for Center for Biologically Inspired Design. “Biomimicry (from bios, meaning life, and mimesis, meaning to imitate)is a new science that studies.
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Return to Book Page. Preview — Biomimicry by Janine M. Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. They are revolutionising how we invent, compute, heal ourselves, harness energy, repair the environment, and feed the world. Science writer and lecturer Janine Benyus names and explains this phenomenon. Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
Biomijicry ask other readers questions about Biomimicryplease bengus up. Amber No, it is not illustrated nor are there any photo pages. See 2 questions about Biomimicry….
Lists with This Book. I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. 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. 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.
This is the difficult truth: All the gee-whiz stories founder on that underlying problem, which neither she nor anyone else has any idea how to address, save the wingnuts who propose just killing all the poor and foreigners. Plus I am irrationally annoyed when I read sentences like: They ate wildrye because they were starving because their normal crops had failed. 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.
Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda. View all 4 comments. Jul 30, Rebecca rated it really liked it. The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in It is engineering, biology, and philosophy wrapped up into one. Her premise isn’t the standard concept of “biomimicry”: She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superio The first chapter of this book should be mandatory curriculum in She instead posits that over billions of years, nature has developed vastly superior technology than humans.
Here, “technology” has a broad meaning, including sustainable self-regulating systems. Think of pest-free, regenerating and durable prairie landscapes instead of massive mono-crop agriculture. In many cases, these technologies are in plain sight: Moreover, we are barely able to map how photosynthesis works on an atomic level – we have a long way to go.
I saw Janine speak at a green building conference just think about the connections! Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. It is not so readable as a result, and the chapters are highly episodic as opposed to cumulative. There is much more to this book. I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion. Apr 10, Taryn rated it really liked it. 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: Innovation Inspired by Nature, ever since.
This summer, I decided it was going to be a priority for my summer reading list, and it is the first one that I get to cross off. The first thing I have to say about this book is that the concepts behind it are fabulous Janine Benyus shares nature’s designs and Biomimicry in action.
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The second thing is that this 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. This means that some of the ideas she has or predictions she made never did pan out the way she hopes, which almost puts the reader into some new reality where the present is still the future.
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. How will we feed ourselves? These are all questions that we will likely be presented with in the forseeable future if we continue to pollute and use resources at current rates.
The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. She mentions permaculture, the way of farming that tries to mimic a nature ecosystem, as well as Masanobu Fukuoka’s One Straw Revolution also on my summer reading listwhich is a farming method that involves little human manipulation.
The second section which focused on harnessing energy, however, made me realize that she is a biologist and I am notand although the overall information was interesting, there was a whole lot of detail on the process of photosynthesis way more than I care to remember. I started to feel like this chapter was long and drawn out and found my attention span waivering. The section on how will we make things again had some interesting ideas again had some fascinating concepts, like talking about how mussels adhere to rocks underwater and how spider silk is stronger than steel yet made without intense heat, pressure, or nasty chemicals.
However, I once again started to feel bogged down by the overload of biology that went with the concepts. How will we heal ourselves was awesome. My favorite chapter of this book. It talked about finding natural medicines by watching how animals heal themselves; what they eat when they have a parasite infection for example.
There is even a section on a certain type of monkey that seems to be able to choose the gender of their offspring by eating alkaline or acidic food during mating season.
The section on storing our ideas basically focused on using a carbon based system instead of a silicon based system to “compute” ideas This was where I started to feel like I was in a time warp, as she talked about the biological computers and suggested that early version may be available in the next 5 years or so The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated. 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.
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.
Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite a few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book.
Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from. 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.
I guess they expect reviewers to be more decisive. This book was informative but, unfortunately, was not overly so on the topic of biomimicry. Benyus could have done a better job of bridging the gap between nature and technology. In one biomimicrh of the book, she discussed how we may use materials sparingly and quoted Benys Allenby: Everything else around your house would be leased as a service. Various providers would be responsible for installing, maintaining, upgrading, and eventually replacing your appliances, your furniture, even your cookware” There have not been enough psychological studies on ownership to assume that everyone will function successfully in such a world without creating even more waste.
Because, let’s face it, we don’t always take care of things that we don’t own. Just check out a DVD from the library or rent one venyus your local video store if you don’t believe me.
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 to nature, Iroquois style.
While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. Dec 23, T. The book Biomimicry was written in and the science is a little stale, but the idea is still very interesting. Biomimicry is largely happening in the subtleties of biology, so be prepared for a heavy dose of biochemistry. I appreciate natural bimoimicry and an elegant design solution as much as the next guy, and clearly natural designs often demonstrate extreme economy of necessity.
Yet Benyus occasionally loses sight of the fact that the nature we see today is the result of 3. 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.
May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. This book was a revelation for me.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
It’s quite extraordinary to see so many disciplines and ways of thinking brought together in the name of learning from nature in order to design, produce, and manufacture in a sustainable way. There are too many brilliant models in the blomimicry of your people are doing things right.
From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute biommicry 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.
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. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read. This book is an eye opener for those who may not be aware of progress has been made inspired by nature. There were several technologies biomi,icry practices mentioned that I didn’t know took inspiration from nature or simply just didn’t know they existed.
I ended up skimming a bit in hopes of just gaining the larger idea.