3.A24 Freshman Seminar: The Engineering of Birds, Fall 2004
Author(s)Gibson, Lorna J.
Freshman Seminar: The Engineering of Birds
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Why are things in nature shaped the way they are? How do birds fly? Why do bird nests look the way they do? How do woodpeckers peck? These are the types of questions Dr. Lorna Gibson's freshman seminar at MIT has been investigating. We invite you to explore with us. Questions such as these are the subject of biomimetic research. When engineers copy the shapes found in nature we call it Biomimetics. The word biomimic comes from bio, as in biology and mimetic, which means to copy. Join us as we explore and look for answers to why similar shapes occur in so many natural things and how physics change the shape of nature.
freshman seminar, service learning, biomimetic research, Biomimetics, biology, mimetic, physics, nature, natural engineering, wood, trees