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30 Animals that made us Smarter by Patrick Ayree

Stories of the natural world that inspired human ingenuity

This book is based on the successful BBC World Service podcast, this book explains how animals have inspired human ingenuity and invention.  Find out how mosquito mouthparts make less painful hypodermic syringes, how fuel injection systems are more efficient thanks to the example of the Bombadier beetle, how mussels have helped foetal surgery, kingfisher beaks made bullet trains more efficient, and the properties of shark skin that have led to more hygienic hospital surfaces.

The illustrations were of the animals, and of the inventions they inspired, and as such were technically challenging.  It’s a fascinating book, with hundreds of “Oh WoW!” moments, and I’m very pleased to be associated with the project

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