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  • Biomimicry

  • Innovation Inspired by Nature
  • Written by: Janine M. Benyus
  • Narrated by: Callie Beaulieu
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5 ratings)

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Biomimicry

Written by: Janine M. Benyus
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Publisher's Summary

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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Thoughtfully Structured!!!

Short Review:Good quality information on why nature is the oldest and wisest scientist.This book is a must read for all college students if we want to solve modern problems.

Long review: A very good source of information about how all professions of the world can take inspiration from nature's wisdom.However there is a lot of field specific knowledge in between whic h is very hard to grasp quickly when going through the audio version. However this does NOT mean that the audio version should be avoided. Knowledge in any form is useful.

Feedback to sound engineers at audible:
I have observed a that when I was going through the book on a bluetooth speaker the were quite a few times when I could not understand the start of sentences however I did not face the issue when I used earphones.However I feel that audible needs to do some more processing on the audio of this book even if I was the only one who faced the issue when the bluetooth speaker was used.

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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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  • Andrew Mowere
  • 16-05-22

Loved it

This book tackles so many different ways to change how we think. Love it.

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  • John
  • 12-02-22

would not recommend

struggled all the way through. there was only a few spots that were truly written well. to many quotes from other people instead of authentic perspectives. and it was hard to follow many times because of the excessive amount of metaphors and analogies

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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.

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  • Ben
  • 25-12-20

trail blazer

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

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  • James
  • 24-01-21

A wonderful introduction to biomimicry.

Janine Benyus has produced this wonderful introduction to biomimicry with a detailed explanation with information from experts in each field. I can highly recommend this publication as a life changing introduction to a field of study that has expanded since its release. You will never see the natural world in the same way again after reading this incredible book.