Biomimetics: Biologically Inspired Technologies
Ed. Yoseph Bar-Cohen,2005
Explores biological models useful to engineering and the challenges awaiting future research.
Biomimicry and Architecture
Michael Pawlyn, 2011
Explores the application of biomimicry to architecture; rich with examples and possibilities for a bio-inspired future of architecture.
Bionics in Action: The Design Work of Franco Lodato, Motorola
Jens Bernsen, 2004
Franco Ladato, a designer whose career includes work for DuPont, Gillette, and now Motorola, has studied bionics and natural design and how it has influenced his designs. This book is filled not just with product images, but also photos and sketches of nature.
Bulletproof Feathers: How Science Uses Nature’s Secrets to Design Cutting-Edge Technology
Robert Allen, 2010
Overview of research in biomimetics; includes materials, robotics, and architecture.
Cat’s Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People
Steven Vogel, 1998
Investigates whether nature or human design is superior and why the two technologies have diverged so much.
Green Chemistry: Theory and Practice
Paul T. Anastas and John Charles Warner, 2000
Overview of the design, development, and evaluation process central to green chemistry. Explores alternative solvents and catalysts, benign syntheses and biomimetic principles, among many other topics.
Inspired by Nature: Animals: The Building/ Biology Connection
Alejandro Bahamon, 2009
Focuses on specific analogies, comparing and contrasting techniques and materials used in animal constructions with examples of human architecture.
The Gecko’s Foot: Bio-inspiration, Engineering New Materials and Devices from Nature.
Peter Forbes, 2005
Presents technologists’ pure research into nano-anatomy, followed by their applied and, as many entrepreneurs hope, commercial mimicry of nature’s ingenuity.
Nature Design: From Inspiration to Innovation
Angeli Sachs, 2007
Almost completely filled with photographs, this book explores the discovery of nature in the Art Nouveau period from the 1930s to the 1970s.
Nature Got There First: Inventions Inspired By Nature
Phil Gates, 2010
Nature is full of amazing designs and ‘mechanisms’ that appear to have inspired the engineering and technology we use today.
The Shark’s Paintbrush: Biomimicry and How Nature is Inspiring Innovation
Jay Harman, 2013
In The Shark’s Paintbrush, Harman introduces us to pioneering engineers in a wide array of businesses who are uncovering and copying nature’s hidden marvels.
The Sand Dollar and the Slide Rule: Drawing Blueprints from Nature
Delta Willis. 1995
Exploring the relationship between natural forms and human design, Delta Willis’ book examines topics such as wings and flight, economy of motion and divine math.
Secret Design Rules of Nature (Optimum Shapes Without Computers)
Claus Mattheck, 2007
Looks at the rules implicit in nature’s solutions to design problems. Aimed at the craftsman as much as the builder or engineer, he demonstrates using simple graphical methods how the rules underlying appropriate shape and form in the natural world can be applied to man-made designs.