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  • Paperback: 356 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Revised ed. edition (7 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007179898
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007179893
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.8 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 89,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘[Forbes has] An easy style and an innocence of jargon, and he treads softly on his scientists’ dreams. Forbes prefers the term “bio-inspiration” to “biomimetics”. The aim is not slavishly to imitate nature, but to learn from it to develop our own solutions to engineering problems. And he is surely right to pounce now, before inspiration turns to perspiration. He has succeeded splendidly.’ Hugh Aldersey-Williams, Independent

‘The book is a witty blend of anecdote and analysis.’ Rita Carter, Daily Mail

‘[Forbes] provides an illuminating discussion of the evolution of visual systems and the emergence of contemporary understandings of the nature of light.’ Dr Brendan Kelly, Sunday Business Post

About the Author

Peter Forbes has written a series of articles Biomimetics for the Guardian and a chapter on the same subject for the Guardian’s book, ‘Frontiers 03’ (Atlantic Books). He was the editor of Poetry Review from 1986 to 2002 and his anthology ‘Scanning the Century: The Penguin Book of the Twentieth Century in Verse’ was widely acclaimed. He translated Primo Levi’s personal anthology, ‘The Search for Roots’, (Penguin Press) in 2001 and Bloodaxe published his latest poetry anthology ‘We have come through’ in 2003.


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This is a very informative book, which gives much information about NANO, and links many unknown connections between metal and biology. This book gives an introduction to many possible advances in science for the future
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If you like amazing your friends with amazing facts then buy this amazing book! It would be fun being a gecko. If I had hands and feet like a gecko I'd clean windows for a living.
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This book is so well written and interesting that I found it difficult to put it down. Chapters allow you to easily revisit sections that were of particular interest.
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Great read, enjoyed this immensely, enough detail to keep the technically minded interested as well. Really sparked an interest to read further around what is a very interesting area of technology
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