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Adapt: How Humans Are Tapping into Nature's Secrets to Design and Build a Better Future

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Amina Khan believes that nature does it best. In Adapt, she presents fascinating examples of how nature effortlessly solves the problems that humans attempt to solve with decades worth of the latest and greatest technologies, time, and money. Humans are animals too, and animals are incredibly good at doing more with less.

If a fly’s eye can see without hundreds of fancy len
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Hardcover, 344 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by St. Martin's Press
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Elentarri
An interesting, but brief, popular overview of some new and/or improved technologies that resulted (or are in development) from studying nature (usually animals). Topics include material science, mechanics of movement, architecture of systems, and sustainability. Any scientific or engineering concepts that crop up are nicely and simply explained. An easy and informative read, though I have come across some of the examples covered in other books. Some diagrams/photographs/illustrations would real ...more
Wendi Lau
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, science
pg 310 "...nature is not necessarily perfect, not necessarily the best, it's just good enough right now."

terms: biomimicry bioinspired design

recommended book: "WTF, Evolution"
Saiyin
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
At first, I didn't think this book had a thesis, but I think it is buried in subtlety of the reporting style.

The author definitely has a conversational tone, which can be both welcoming and offputting. Almost like a movie narrator she can set the scene of her scientific adventures, or

Some of the interesting digressions could make interesting footnotes or sidebars, but I suppose they would break up the book format.

"There's a big difference between strapping two wings to your arms and flapping,
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Margaret
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this non-fiction book, both in terms of content and readability. It was scientific, technical and a wonderful way to understand some of the most interesting research that is going on in the world today, melding the sciences of biology with those of engineering. As an engineer myself, I loved the combination of the sciences and am thrilled how we are looking to nature for more of our solutions for the future. Khan writes in a very friendly style that is often unfamiliar in a ...more
Ryan
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway.
This was a very interesting read. It actually took me a bit longer to read than usual as I re-read a few of the sections. The writing style is pretty easy to follow I just thought some of the science was really intriguing and wanted to make sure I was understanding.
I would have to say this book is more appealing to science and sustainability geeks like myself than to a broader audience, however, I think anyone could and should find the content engag
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Noor
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A well-written and engaging book on a fascinating topic, even if you're not necessarily interested in architecture / bio-inspired design.
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Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such a great book that has given me a gazillion insights, ideas, musings, and wow moments.
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