Nature Got There First

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. This book shows you how and more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 64 pages
  • 236.22 x 281.94 x 15.24mm | 635.03g
  • Pan MacMillan
  • Kingfisher Books Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Second Edition,.
  • colour illustrations
  • 0753464101
  • 9780753464106
  • 1,791,173

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NSTA RecommendsThis 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. BooklistThe 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 more

About Phil Gates

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."show more

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