A cutting-edge science book in the style of 'Fermat's Last Theorem' and 'Chaos' from an exciting and accessible new voice in popular science writing. / A compelling assessment of how cutting edge science is borrowing ideas from nature to create the inventions of tomorrow. / Sold over 2000 copies in hardback in the UK alone. / Will appeal to those who enjoy challenging yet accessible popular science books. / Competition: 'Fermat's Last Theorem' by Simon Singh, 'Chaos' by James Gleick; 'Cat's paws and Catapults' by Steven Vogel; 'Engines of Creation' by Eric Drexler.
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.
'[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