If you’re browsing for your next book to read, pick up a copy of Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People by Steven Vogel.

This popular science book is the textbook used in the course 2.A35 Biomimetic Principles and Design, which was recently published on OCW. Biomimetics is looking to nature for design inspiration; as Prof. Michael Triantafyllou puts it, “nature, at least at times, is a good engineer.”