" The eclectic range of topics ensures that anyone curious about biomimicry will find something of interest in this book. QUARTERLY REVIEW OF BIOLOGYMany leading discoveries have been prompted by parallels between nature and human design. Today, advances in scientific knowledge coupled with powerful computers and simulation models have made possible comprehensive studies of nature.This volume contains the papers presented at the 3rd International Conference on Design and Nature. This conference acts as a forum for researchers from around the world working on a variety of studies involving nature and its significance to modern scientific thought and design. The Conference provides a channel of communication between all those working in this exciting new discipline, whether they are in academia, research institutions or industry.Notable topics include: Design in Nature; Shape and Form in Engineering and Nature; Nature and Architectural Design; Thermodynamics in Nature; Biomimetics; Natural Materials in Engineering; Mechanics in Nature; Bioengineering; Bionics; Solutions from Nature; Evolutionary Optimization; Complexity; Sustainability Studies.