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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The last section on conducting business was again a bit outdated.

Science stands on its own, but choosing soothing words to support your ideas is putting the prop in propaganda. Granted, I am overly sensitive in both of these categories, and these attitudes, though they are present in the book, show up very rarely.

It is really interesting but also very scientific, which was never my strongest subject!! We have much to learn and this book drives the point home by elucidating the amazing biomimivry of nature that we could decide to emulate instead of tromp upon.

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

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature – Janine M. Benyus – Google Books

With Benyus’s humor and wit you will find this compendium of technologies very palatable and informational if not inspiring; be forewarned there is a good amount of information in this book, do take a week to read it for maximum enjoyment!


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. Benyus Limited preview – Now we are just 20 years closer to environmental catastrophe. Brilliant curation of stories to begin twisting your thoughts in the direction of bio-mimicry.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature

She basically touches on the main jankne of negative externalities, and trying to embed social and environmental costs into market prices, and the role of government in doing that, but it just felt uninspired and a bit blah. The Land Institute, http: Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M.

The first section I absolutely loved, especially as I am really into sustainable agriculture. How will we feed ourselves?

The second thing is that this book is a little outdated; no fault of the author, just my fault for not reading it until 13 years after it was first published. Paperback bbiomimicry, pages. While I am not scientifically illiterate, I boik don’t have an in depth understanding of Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Her prose is vivid although she digs deep into technical detail on her subjects. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with her vision, I think her intended method of carrying it out is faulty at best. Jul 24, Olivia rated it really liked it. Yes, we have Spotify and electric rental cars, but they didn’t change big thing, unfortunately. Dayna Baumeister, the Innovation Consultancyjannie helps innovators learn from and emulate natural models in order to design sustainable products, processes, and policies that create conditions conducive to life.

Oct 18, BrandonCWalters rated it really liked it.

But I persevered, I ploughed through the book even though early on I was quite disillusioned that this wasn’t the flashy “cool examples of nature in everyday English”. Good examples and context. I had to return it to the library before I was able to finish, but I consider my decent skim to constitute completion.


InBenyus co-founded the Biomimicry Guild, the Innovation 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. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired By Nature – Biomimicry

The section of the book biomimcry food has things worth thinking about. The author traveled and talked with many key people. Using hacks that evolution developed over its history.

May 24, Marcy rated it really liked it. However, I once again started to feel bogged down by the overload of biology that went with the concepts. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

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. Dec 23, T. Don’t get me wrong, this book was hard to read. Each chapter followed beyus similar structure: Can we grow food in polycultures? This page was last edited on 16 Novemberat 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.