Posted: July 17, 2011 Filed under: Biomimicry Methodology | Tags: Altshuller's 40 inventive principles with biological examples, biomimetics: its practice and theory, biomimicry methodologies, biomimicry resources, bioTRIZ, comparisons between engineering and nature, how engineering solves, how nature solves, Julian Vincent biomimetics, kevin kelly out of control, strategic biomimicry, TRIZ and biomimicry, what do we need to learn from nature?
Julian Vincent, Professor of Biomimetics at the University of Bath, and a team of researchers wrote a paper in 2005 titled; “Biomimetics: its practice and theory”. It’s one of the earlier papers that really began to put biomimetics into context from a critical and pragmatic engineering sense. I have been dying to put this in a post, but there are so many different ways of approaching the content that I’ve been running around in circles. So let me get to the punch line and work my way back from there.
Here are two superb diagrams – cue sesame street music – can you spot the differences?:
Copyright © 2006 The Royal Society - A diagram of Engineering approaches to solving problems at an array of scales.
Copyright © 2006 The Royal Society - A diagram of Natural approaches to solving problems at an array of scales.
Noticed the big differences?
Information vs Energy
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