Nature Got There First: Inventions Inspired by Nature

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Birds conquered the air long before the Wright Brothers, the burrs on plants are uncannily similar to velcro fastenings, rattlesnakes have an alarm system, bats and dolphins have their own form of sonar... Nature is full of amazing designs and 'mechanisms' that appear to have inspired the engineering and technology we use today. Nature Got There First by Dr. Phil Gates shows you how and why.

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Overview

Birds conquered the air long before the Wright Brothers, the burrs on plants are uncannily similar to velcro fastenings, rattlesnakes have an alarm system, bats and dolphins have their own form of sonar... Nature is full of amazing designs and 'mechanisms' that appear to have inspired the engineering and technology we use today. Nature Got There First by Dr. Phil Gates shows you how and why.

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This book shows that many of the solutions humans have developed are similar to adaptations in plants and animals. . . . this book would make an excellent resource as part of a unit on human inventions and natural adaptations. It could be used to in spark students' interest in design technology, invention, and engineering.

 

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The well-chosen images are both inviting and clearly illustrate the points made in the text and captions. . . . This is an informative, appealing look at the connections between natural and human design.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780753464106
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Edition description: Second Edition, New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Phil Gates lectures on biology at the University of Durham, UK, and regularly writes for BBC Wildlife. His other books for children on natural history include The Aliens Are Coming, The Amazing World of Plants and 365 Days of Nature and Discovery.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2000

    AWESOME

    This is a wonderful book for young and old alike. It examines how humans found ideas for inventions from the world we live in. You will find yourself amazed as you see the similarities between man's inventions and the way nature works. From the way the wings of the albatross help it glide for long distances as compared to the way a glider works, or as burrs from thistle plants attach to our clothing in the same way velcro works, the inventions are endless! Who knows...this book may inspire young minds to investigate nature more closely to come up with more inventions. A great gift for children or adults. I recommend it highly! Although this book is not religious, for me I see the design in creation pointing to a Wise Master Designer, and goes along with a favorite quote I know...'Nature is but a name for an effect whose cause is God.'

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