The Gecko?s Foot

3.85 avg rating
( 120 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780007179893: The Gecko?s Foot

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.

Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing 'wet' materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko's foot.

The amazing power of the gecko's foot has long been known – it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling – but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The fine scale of the gecko's foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation.

The gecko's foot is just one of many examples of this new 'smart' science. We also discover, amongst other things, how George de Mestral's brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison.

The new 'smart' science of Bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow's world.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

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.

Review:

‘[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

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Peter Forbes
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800071798930000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 9.92
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Peter Forbes
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed.. 192 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing wet materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko s foot. The amazing power of the gecko s foot has long been known - it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling - but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The fine scale of the gecko s foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation. The gecko s foot is just one of many examples of this new smart science. We also discover, amongst other things, how George de Mestral s brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison. The new smart science of Bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow s world. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780007179893

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.81
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Peter Forbes
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2006)
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2006. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Revised ed.. 192 x 128 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, architects and engineers are looking at imitating nature by manufacturing wet materials such as spider silk or the surface of the gecko s foot. The amazing power of the gecko s foot has long been known - it can climb a vertical glass wall and even walk upside down on the ceiling - but no ideas could be harnessed from it because its mechanism could not be seen with the power of optical microscopes. Recently however the secret was solved by a team of scientists in Oregon who established that the mechanism really is dry, and that it does not involve suction, capillary action or anything else the lay person might imagine. Each foot has half a million bristles and each bristle ramifies into hundreds of finer spatula-shaped projections. The fine scale of the gecko s foot is beyond the capacity of conventional microengineering, but a team of nanotechnologists have already made a good initial approximation. The gecko s foot is just one of many examples of this new smart science. We also discover, amongst other things, how George de Mestral s brush with the spiny fruits of the cocklebur inspired him to invent Velcro; how the shape of leaves opening from a bud has inspired the design of solar-powered satellites; and the parallels between cantilever bridges and the spines of large mammals such as the bison. The new smart science of Bio-inspiration is going to produce a plethora of products over the next decades that will transform our lives, and force us to look at the world in a completely new way. It is science we will be reading about in our papers very soon; it is the science of tomorrow s world. Bookseller Inventory # AAZ9780007179893

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.18
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Forbes, Peter
Published by Harper Perennial
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
Book Express
(Bristol, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0007179898 All our listings are Brand New copies held on shelves and ready to be dispatched right away. Super-fast delivery. Excellent value for money with 100% money-back guarantee. Buy with confidence. 3.2.9-pb-w-m.m. Bookseller Inventory # LV-Y23W-FU5B

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 8.67
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.35
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Peter Forbes
Published by Harper Perennial 2006-08-07 (2006)
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial 2006-08-07, 2006. Book Condition: New. Brand new book, sourced directly from publisher. Dispatch time is 24-48 hours from our warehouse. Book will be sent in robust, secure packaging to ensure it reaches you securely. Bookseller Inventory # NU-GRD-00458391

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 10.60
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.89
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Forbes, Peter
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Book Condition: New. 2006. Paperback. 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. Num Pages: 356 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: PDZ; TBN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 195 x 132 x 21. Weight in Grams: 216. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780007179893

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.42
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Forbes, Peter
Published by HarperCollins Publishers (2006)
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Softcover Quantity Available: 5
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 2006. Book Condition: New. 2006. Paperback. 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. Num Pages: 356 pages, Illustrations. BIC Classification: PDZ; TBN. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 195 x 132 x 21. Weight in Grams: 216. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780007179893

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Peter Forbes
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007179898. Bookseller Inventory # ST0007179898

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Peter Forbes
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Ria Christie Collections
(Uxbridge, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Paperback. Book Condition: New. Not Signed; 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. Bio-inspiration is a form of engineering but not in the conventional sense. Extending beyond our established and preconceived notions, scientists, arc. book. Bookseller Inventory # ria9780007179893_rkm

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.43
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.04
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Peter Forbes
Published by Harper Perennial (2006)
ISBN 10: 0007179898 ISBN 13: 9780007179893
New Softcover Quantity Available: 1
Seller
Rating
[?]

Book Description Harper Perennial, 2006. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # GH9780007179893

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 14.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 5.59
From Germany to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book