The Gecko's Foot: How Scientists Are Taking A Leaf From Nature's Book

The Gecko's Foot: How Scientists Are Taking A Leaf From Nature's Book - Peter Forbes A well written book exploring how scientists, engineers and architects are "taking a leaf from nature's book" and applying its properties to modern technological innovations. This book explores such topics as self-cleaning glass surfaces (Lotus-effect), how to stick without being sticky (the gecko's foot), how to bend light like a butterfly (photonic crystals), extra strength mussel glue, flying like a fly, velcro, nature's nylon, how to self-assemble electronic components (molecular erector and how to raise a roof with tensile wires that should sag rather than soar (tensegrity). This book also includes several black and white photographs and diagrams to illustrate concepts. The author has managed to convey the excitement of the subject, without making it boring and dull. This book is nicely written and not terribly technical.