Repackaged with a new Afterword, this "valuable and entertaining" (New York Times Book Review) book explores how scientists are adapting nature's best
ideas to solve tough 21st century problems
Biomimicry is rapidly transforming life on earth. Biomimics study nature's most successful ideas over the past 3.5 million years, and adapt them for human use. The results are revolutionizing how materials are invented and how we compute, heal ourselves, repair the environment, and feed the world.
Janine Benyus takes readers into the lab and in the field with maverick thinkers as they: discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they're sick; learn how to create by watching spiders weave fibers; harness energy by examining how a leaf converts sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; and many more examples.
Composed of stories of vision and invention, personalities and pipe dreams, Biomimicry is must reading for anyone interested in the shape of our future.
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature: Janine M. Benyus | William Morrow
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Echoing Nature
Why Biomimicry Now?
Chapter 2: How will we feed ourselves?
Farming to fit the land : Growing food like a prairie
Chapter 3: Light into life : Gathering energy like a leaf
Light into life : Gathering energy like a leaf
Chapter 4: How will we make things?
Fitting form to function : Finding cures like a chimp
Chapter 5: How will we heal ourselves?
Experts in our midst :Ffinding cures like a chimp
Chapter 6: How will we store what we learn?
Dances with molecules : Computing like a cell
Chapter 7: How Will We Conduct Business?
Closing the Loops in Commerce : Running a Business Like a Redwood Forest
Chapter 8: Where Will We Go From Here?
May Wonders Never Cease : Toward a Biomimetic Future
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