Innovation Inspired by Nature



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.

JANINE BENYUS is a biological sciences writer and the author of six books, including her latest—Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature; an animal behavior guide entitled Beastly Behaviors; and three field guides: The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Western United States, The Field Guide to Wildlife Habitats of the Eastern United States, and Northwoods Wildlife: A Watcher’s Guide to Habitats.

A graduate of Rutgers University, New Jersey, with degrees in natural resource management and English literature/writing, Benyus acts as a “biologist at the design table” for various sustainable companies and governments, and lectures widely on biomimicry. She lives in the northern Rocky Mountains of Montana.