May 14, 2008

Book Review - Biomimicry

Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature
Janine M. Benyus
T 173.8 .B45 2002

This book is all about how humans can learn from nature. Benyus uses real-life examples taken from laboratory and field observations, pointing out how scientists are discovering nature's ingenious functions and designs, then applying the knowledge to human problems. Organized into questions on which biological life can inform people, it examines how we feed ourselves, harness energy, make things, heal ourselves, store information and learning, and interact with others. The final chapter hypothesizes where nature may lead us in the future if we care enough to pay attention and learn from its lessons. This book has several undercurrent themes. Among them are finding natural rather than engineered solutions and using nature sustainably. This book will interest those interested in the environment, in science, and in problem-solving.