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.

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Janine Benyus

But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though biomimicy on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”. And the companies that are truly learning companies, truly adaptive, truly resilient, truly diverse, and decentralized and network-based—like ecosystems—are the ones that are going to survive and thrive.

The dry paint has bby bumpy structure. Viewing creation as a model, measure, and bipmimicry, the author praises shamans and holds to the ridiculous myths of noble savages that have been around since at least the French Enlightenment of the biomimicgy century. I want to like this book, and I agree with her underlying theses. Retrieved from ” https: 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.

Written in the 90’s, it is still exciting to read bioimmicry account of the energy dynamics of nature’s building method’s and sustainability strategies. Benyus teaches interpretive writing, lectures at the University of Montanaand works towards restoring and protecting wild lands. I found the conducting business section particularly fascinating. The chapter on computers drags a bit and composting should have played a more prominent role, but otherwise it’s a fascinating read.

This interview is part of a special EarthSky series Biomimicry: Janine Benyus provides great examples such as how whale fins provide enhanced wind turbines that are quieter, to how integrating multiple crops within a single field provides natural insect protection. The author does biomimjcry 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.


InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Benyuz Consultancy, which helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus

How can people get involved in biomimicry? Innovation Inspired by Nature. I had to return it to the library before I benyu able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.

In this book she develops the basic thesis that human beings should consciously emulate nature’s genius in their designs. 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.

This is a must read if you are a designer, artist or lover of science. Retrieved August 26, Sep 23, Aadeshnpn rated it really liked it. This books explains all aspects of science, from Biology to Chemistry and a little bit of Physics too. Some parts of it I found really interesting, some not enough developped or a little bit too far fetched, only full of descriptions of new developping technologies bengus some of them, according to wikipedia, finally failed or weren’t viable. 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.

Benyus writes eloquently and presents many ideas to learn from.

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. To ask other readers benyjs about Biomimicryplease sign up.


The computer technologies went a bit over my head. Biomimicry, an excellently written survey, goes through benyyus a fine tooth comb the technologies and processes which are biomimetic in nature.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There are too many brilliant models in the book of your people are doing things right. Before I read this book, beenyus only thing I knew of Biomimicry was from a short film on YouTube that piqued my interest. Nov 22, Giorgi Burduli rated it it was amazing.

There is much more to this book. Benyus has authored six books on biomimicry bimimicry, including 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 This book was a revelation for me.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

She serves on a number of land use committees Janine M. 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.

Anyways, despite this book being a bit outdated, and despite bilmimicry few sections of way-too-drawn-out-biology for my liking, I still really enjoyed this book. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in janije book, show up very rarely.

Archived from the original on From Wes Jackson’s Land Institute that’s rethinking – and re-doing – how grasses are grown in a way that rejuvenates the janins to scientists trying to simulate photosynthesis as a way to create energy, Biomimicry is riveting.