Nature Got There First; Inventions Inspired by Nature

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Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Lavishly illustrated, this book examines the basic principles exploited in the natural world and which have also been used in human inventions. For instance, the suction cup uses the same basic mechanism used by a limpet to cling to seashore rocks. Earthworms use hydraulics to move. The barbules of a feather hook together in much the same way as a zipper. The explanations are clear, and they manage to introduce concepts of elementary physics and to teach a little about evolution.
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Gr 4-7-Blending natural science and technology, Gates packs a tremendous amount of information into this large, colorful volume. Through clear, full-color photographs, illustrations, and magnifications, he compares the structure of a tree and a cathedral; suckers on an octopus's tentacles and suction cups; a plant's burrs and Velcro; rose thorns and barbed wire; the nautilus (a primitive mollusk) and a submarine, etc. Some comparisons are a stretch. The author asserts that future inventions will be inspired by nature as humans learn more about the millions of yet undiscovered organisms in our world. This title is more for browsing than reports, although it could certainly be used as a starting point for science projects.Kathleen McCabe, East Meadow Public Library, NY
Stephanie Zvirin
Great for browsing and certain to interest readers who relish science, this attractive, oversize book reveals a host of intriguing links between technology and nature. Gates explains how lessons learned from plants and animals have inspired everything from geodesic domes to safety helmets to cameras to armored cars. The format is crowded and the information delivery brisk and sometimes haphazard, with each double-page spread concentrating on a different topic (for example, magnetism and gravity, keeping warm, buoyancy and floating). But the color pictures, a mix of original artwork and photographs, will intrigue kids, who may want to pursue in more depth elsewhere the connections Gates introduces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856975872
  • Publisher: Kingfisher
  • Publication date: 10/1/1995
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.43 (w) x 11.97 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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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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