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This profound and accessible book details how science is studying nature's best ideas to solve our toughest 21st-century problems.
If chaos theory transformed our view of the universe, biomimicry is transforming our life on Earth. Biomimicry is innovation inspired by nature - taking advantage of evolution's 3.8 billion years of R&D since the first bacteria. Biomimics study nature's best ideas: photosynthesis, brain power, and shells - and adapt them for human use. 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. She takes us into the lab and out in the field with cutting-edge researchers as they stir vats of proteins to unleash their computing power; analyse how electrons zipping around a leaf cell convert sunlight into fuel in trillionths of a second; discover miracle drugs by watching what chimps eat when they're sick; study the hardy prairie as a model for low-maintenance agriculture; and more.
Echoing Nature: Why Biomimicry Now?
How Will We Feed Ourselves? Farming to Fit the Land: Growing Food Like a Prairie
How Will We Harness Energy? Light into Life: Gathering Energy Like a Leaf
How Will We Make Things? Fitting Form to Function: Weaving Fibers Like a Spider
How Will We Heal Ourselves? Experts in Our Midst: Finding Cures Like a Chimp
How Will We Store What We Learn? Dances with Molecules: Computing Like a Cell
How Will We Conduct Business? Closing the Loops in Commerce: Running a Business Like a Redwood Forest
Where Will We Go from Here? May Wonders Never Cease: Toward a Biomimetic Future
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ISBN: 9780060533229 ISBN-10: 0060533226 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 320 Published: 1st September 2002 Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc Country of Publication: US Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 11.2
Weight (kg): 0.25