A British engineering professor who has spent the past quarter of a century searching the organic world for solutions to human engineering dilemmas claims to have produced the optimal bridge design.

Professor Emeritus Wanda Lewis from the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering is a veteran of rifling through the endless catalogue of organic structures that abound in the natural world to solve human engineering dilemmas. She has spent 25 years engaged in the pursuit of “form-finding,” looking to natural phenomena such as trees, leaves or shells to…