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First published in , this profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature's best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems. This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature's best Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature – taking advantage of evolution's. Biomimicry is a revolutionary new science that analyzes nature's best ideas-- spider silk and eyes, seashells and brain cells, photosynthesis.
The rainwater balls them away, pearls them away. The dry paint has that bumpy structure.
And rainwater cleans the building, instead of sandblasting or detergents. How do businesses learn and apply ideas from nature? In biomimicry, we bring in biologists to the design table. And when a company is trying to develop, for example, a new way to package, we ask, how does nature contains liquids?
How does nature repel water? How does nature filter? How does nature resist impacts? We look through the biological literature. Very often they look at them say, wow,this is an amazingly simple and beautiful way to solve this problem.
For businesses, biomimicry is about bringing a new discipline—biology—to the design table. Companies not only get a breakthrough product or process, but they wind up saving money.
And they wind up being a lot more sustainable, which is what customers are looking for these days. Biomimicry is a way of looking at 3. Businesses also use biomimicry to re-imagine their whole company. The vast majority of organisms run on sunlight, for example.
They do their chemistry in water. They use a small subset of the periodic table. They shop locally. The watchword right now is resilience in the face of change.
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. How can people get involved in biomimicry? There are a lot of roles for everybody in biomimicry.
Go to biomimicry. Which is, of course, how nature solves its problems- not through isoloated mechanical adaptations, but through designs honed by interactions between the components of whole living systems. Benyus's writing is as vibrant and fascinating as her subject.
A forestry major in college, naturalist by predilection, and writer of four science books by profession, she tells an engaging story of nature's promise for redemption in each chapter. The book opens by describing how an Amazonian Indian traveled to Washington, D. Pre-industrial humans, Benyus opines, have lessons for us.
Shaken by the sight, he, we, are hungry for instructions about how to live sanely and sustainably on the earth. She proceeds to spin a series of captivating stories through which she spoon feeds us a very rich soup of biological information—the very information on the functioning of the natural world that we need to survive as a species.
How do we produce food? By mimicing nature's tactic of diversifying in our crop selection. How do we produce energy?
By mimicing the priniples of photosynthesis.