Florida State Open Publishing released two new open textbooks in Spring 2021. The textbooks support college-level studies in engineering and plant biology. Both books are licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 license.
Bio-Inspired Sensory Systems: Using Natural Photo-, Mechano-, and Chemo-Sensory Systems for Design Inspiration
Bio-Inspired Sensory Systems: Using Natural Photo-, Mechano-, and Chemo-Sensory Systems for Design Inspiration by Florida State University Panama City faculty member Dr. Geoffrey Brooks introduces concepts and designs related to bio-inspired sensory systems. Using natural sensory system concepts to develop and improve sensory systems will continue to thrive for many years to come. Technology advances rapidly (Moore’s Law) as does our understanding of biological principles and designs. These trends fuel the fertile grounds of bio-inspired sensory systems, a topic that is inherently multidisciplinary. This book will serve well as either an academic text on the subject or an introduction to the variety of proven bio-inspired designs. The focus is on sensory systems that interpret environmental stimuli. It introduces natural photo-, mechano-, and chemo-sensory systems across the animal kingdom and also summarizes various novel engineering ideas that glean ideas from these natural sensory systems.
Textbook homepage: https://doi.org/10.33009/fsop_brooks0121
From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e
From Growing to Biology: Plants 1e by Florida A & M University faculty Dr. Gokhan Hacisalihoglu brings the latest information for understanding of traditional and modern plant growing, form, and production. Topics covered in 30 chapters include concise and up-to-date ‘big picture’ infographics, student learning outcomes (SLOs), key vocabulary, assessment, as well as identification of 120 species, and more. Moreover, author Dr. G. Hacisalihoglu emphasizes on leaning concepts, binding those concepts together with visuals approach to make learning faster and more memorable.
Textbook homepage: https://doi.org/10.33009/fsop_hacisalihoglu0421