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Introduction

  • Arnim von GleichEmail author
  • Christian Pade
  • Ulrich Petschow
  • Eugen Pissarskoi
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Abstract

Biomimetics and bionics are artificial concepts. The term biomimetics is a synthesis of bios (life) and mimesis (to imitate, to mimic). Bionics is a made-up word derived from biology and technics.

The scientific and technological concepts of biomimetics and bionics can be characterized as the attempt of developing technological solutions by learning from nature. Based on a long process of evolutionary optimization organisms, populations, and eco-systems surpass the achievements in many fields of the previously available technical solutions. Biomimetics turns to “nature’s patent bureau” and takes as its role model such organism- based achievements. The public as well as the media hold a relatively positive opinion of biomimetic solutions, which are often a subject of fascination. Biomimetic solutions are generally viewed as ingenious, ecologically appropriate, and low-risk.

Keywords

Role Model Life Form Technical Solution Technological Solution Direct Reference 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • Arnim von Gleich
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Pade
    • 2
  • Ulrich Petschow
    • 2
  • Eugen Pissarskoi
    • 2
  1. 1.FB 4 Produktionstechnik, FG 10 Technik Gestaltung und Technologie EntwicklungUniversität BremenBremenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Ökologische Wirtschaftsforschung (IÖW)BerlinGermany

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