Readings for class (Week of 9/6) and an updated syllabus
For those of you who have not yet managed to purchase the Janine Benyus book, Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, here is the first chapter from the book: Echoing Nature: Why Biomimicry Now?. In conjunction with the first chapter, I would like everyone to read a perspective by Yoseph Bar-Cohen, author of another popular book on biodesign, Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies:
Bar-Cohen, Y. 2006. Biomimetics — using nature to inspire human innovation. Bioinsp. Biomim. 1: P1-P12.
This article presents a variety of topics from a broad industry/disciplinary range, showing how biology has facilitated innovations. I hope that it will start getting those creative juices flowing!
I have also updated the syllabus to show who signed up for each of the book chapter presentations. You can find the new syllabus here.
One final thing… I’m still waiting for a few more responses before I can schedule our next meeting day. If you haven’t responded to our Doodle poll (you know who you are!), please do so as soon as possible!