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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 listeners 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 a must-listen for anyone interested in the shape of our future. 

©2009 Janine M. Benyus (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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fascinating book by a woman who has lead the way to a new way of thinking and looking at life

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  • stephen taylor
  • 05-09-21

Dated but good

This is a poetic work of non fiction with colorful descriptions and a good pacing. Much of the information is dated because it’s a book about cutting edge technology but was written in 1997 so expect a bit of speculation about future exciting technological/scientific achievements that have currently happened years ago. I did enjoy the future thinking of this book though and appreciated how many things this woman predicted that came true, and enjoyed even more those that didn’t. Overall I think this is a worthy snack for a hungry mind.

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  • Fabricio Ortiz
  • 26-04-21

Amazing book

Despite I have the printed version of the book I finished in audiobook. Really loved this audio version of one of my favorites books.