Gecko's Foot Bio- Inspiration

ISBN-10: 0393337979
ISBN-13: 9780393337976
Edition: N/A
Authors: Peter Forbes
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Description: "Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." When Frank Lloyd Wright said this, he probably wasn't envisioning self-cleaning surfaces, the photonic crystal, or Velcro. But nature has indeed yielded such inventions for  More...

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List price: $21.95
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/17/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 0.66" tall
Weight: 2.002
Language: English

"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." When Frank Lloyd Wright said this, he probably wasn't envisioning self-cleaning surfaces, the photonic crystal, or Velcro. But nature has indeed yielded such inventions for those scientists and engineers who heeded the architect's words. The cutting-edge science of bio-inspiration gives way to architectural and product designs that mimic intricate mechanisms found in nature. In Peter Forbes's engaging book we discover that the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired the hook-and-loop fastener known as Velcro; unfolding leaves, insect wings, and space solar panels share similar origami folding patterns; the self-cleaning leaves of the sacred lotus plant have spawned a new industry of self-cleaning surfaces; and cantilever bridges have much in common with bison spines. As we continue to study nature, bio-inspiration will transform our lives and force us to look at the world in a new way.

Peter has become a leader for the American conservation movement by creating a life in conservation as photographer, writer, and storyteller about the relationship between people and place. For the last fifteen years, Peter has focused his energies on bringing together and strengthening the worlds of environmentalism and social justice and offering those professions his experience with story, facilitation, contemplative practice, and relationship to nature.nbsp; Peter is always learning and innovating across the boundaries of profession, culture, and home, and this has made his work influential to the different fields of leadership development, sustainability, philanthropy, and conservation. You might find him teaching spoon-carving on a city street, or giving a keynote address on courage at a national conference, or helping to heal a fracture within a community, or photographing a lost art.nbsp; What he cares most about is strengthening people's connections to one another and the land that sustains them, the most visible and important example being his family's farm and tapestry in the Mad River Valley of Vermont. He is the co-editor of Our Land, Ourselves , author of The Great Remembering and What Is a Whole Community , nbsp;and co-author of Coming to Land in a Troubled World, and collaborated with William Coperthwaite as the photographer for A Handmade Life . You can learn more about him at Peterforbes.org.

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