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Bio-Inspired Materials – Mining the Old Literature for New Ideas



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Historical scientific books describe a wealth of organisms which could be useful to materials scientists in search of “bio-inspiration”. Very often these books are not written in English, and are not easy for the materials science community to access. We propose that translating and re-editing such books or making them available electronically could be of extreme value to present-day researchers. (Side view of a diatom with a siliceous skeleton drawn by Häckel in 1904, reproduced with permission from Marixverlag GmbH, Wiesbaden.)