What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest

Ille C. Gebeshuber, Mark O. MacQueen

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    Abstract

    This paper summarizes a TEDx Talk that the European physics professor Ille C. Gebeshuber, who has been living in South East Asia for nearly five years now, gave to a live audience of 800 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in July 2012. A similar talk is also given as an invited lecture at the 4th International Conference of Bionic Engineering in China in August 2013. The talk highlights the importance of news ways of doing science and of doing engineering that are needed to successfully address the major challenges humankind is currently facing, and how a generalistic approach synergistically combining Eastern and Western thinking might help in this respect. Biomimetics is stressed as an integrated, generalist way of learning from living nature, and as best practice example for developing new approaches that are based on understanding rather than learning by heart, with memory, reason and imagination as pillars, bridging fields of specialization and of education and thereby blending the knowledge of single isolated scientists and specialist scientist networks to a wisdom of the whole, powerful enough to help us successfully address our major problems.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationApplied Mechanics and Materials
    Pages152-162
    Number of pages11
    Volume461
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event4th International Conference of Bionic Engineering, ICBE 2013 - Nanjing
    Duration: 13 Aug 201316 Aug 2013

    Publication series

    NameApplied Mechanics and Materials
    Volume461
    ISSN (Print)16609336
    ISSN (Electronic)16627482

    Other

    Other4th International Conference of Bionic Engineering, ICBE 2013
    CityNanjing
    Period13/8/1316/8/13

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    Keywords

    • Aristotle
    • Biomimetics
    • Biomineralization
    • Butterfly wings
    • Diatoms
    • Generalist
    • Global challenges
    • Imagination
    • Memory
    • Reason
    • Specialist
    • Structural colors
    • Tree of knowledge
    • Understanding

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Engineering(all)

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    Gebeshuber, I. C., & MacQueen, M. O. (2014). What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest. In Applied Mechanics and Materials (Vol. 461, pp. 152-162). (Applied Mechanics and Materials; Vol. 461). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.461.152

    What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest. / Gebeshuber, Ille C.; MacQueen, Mark O.

    Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 461 2014. p. 152-162 (Applied Mechanics and Materials; Vol. 461).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Gebeshuber, IC & MacQueen, MO 2014, What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest. in Applied Mechanics and Materials. vol. 461, Applied Mechanics and Materials, vol. 461, pp. 152-162, 4th International Conference of Bionic Engineering, ICBE 2013, Nanjing, 13/8/13. https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.461.152
    Gebeshuber IC, MacQueen MO. What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest. In Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 461. 2014. p. 152-162. (Applied Mechanics and Materials). https://doi.org/10.4028/www.scientific.net/AMM.461.152
    Gebeshuber, Ille C. ; MacQueen, Mark O. / What is a physicist doing in the jungle? Biomimetics of the rainforest. Applied Mechanics and Materials. Vol. 461 2014. pp. 152-162 (Applied Mechanics and Materials).
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