THE GECKO'S FOOT: BIO-INSPIRATION: ENGINEERING NEW MATERIALS FROM NATURE

Forbes, Peter

Norton & Company

2006

272 Pages

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780393062236

Language: English

Category: Science theory

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.

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