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Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes

by Kenneth Libbrecht
     
 

Snowflakes are temporary works of art, tiny crystalline masterpieces, each as different from the next as one person is from another. If you would like to look closer at these marvelous creations - and understand their patterns - this handy, pocket-sized book will serve as your introduction to the art and science of the snowflake.

As entertaining as it is

Overview

Snowflakes are temporary works of art, tiny crystalline masterpieces, each as different from the next as one person is from another. If you would like to look closer at these marvelous creations - and understand their patterns - this handy, pocket-sized book will serve as your introduction to the art and science of the snowflake.

As entertaining as it is informative, this comprehensive field guide describes the many different types of snowflakes, where and how to find them, and what can be learned from their intricate structures and patterns. Also included are handy tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, opportune ways for capturing them (the author prefers the brightly-lit tops of parking garages at night, for example).

Illustrated with Libbrecht's own remarkable microphotographs of real snowflakes, the book is itself a work of art, as delightful to look at as it is to learn from, and as full of wonder as it is rich with answers. An excellent guide for snowflake lovers, classrooms, family fun, as well as the serious or amateur scientist.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Part history, part physics lesson, part sumptuous photo gallery, and overall field guide to the beauty so often lost afloat and under boot."
The New York Times, in their review of Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty

The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), Dec. 9, 2006

“It’s a fun little book that shows nature’s art in great detail.”

Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 6, 2006

“Libbrecht is one of the foremost experts on snow. His recently published Field Guide to Snowflakes (Voyageur Press) is his fourth book on the subject, and his work is included in a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.”

NJ Family Life, January 2007

“This captivating introduction to the science behind snowflakes is highlighted by the author’s own snowflake microphotographs.”

The International Journal of Meteorology, March 2007

“This book really tells the reader almost all he could possibly want to know about the humble snowflake, and certainly made your reviewer ache for an ‘old-fashioned winter’ so that he could use this valuable book in the field.”

Hamptons.com, Nov. 20, 2007

“A handy, pocket-sized book that offers tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, and opportune ways

for capturing them. You can find and buy the book from the publisher or at any major bookstore.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760326459
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
10/01/2006
Edition description:
First
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
745,889
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.38(h) x 0.52(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Part history, part physics lesson, part sumptuous photo gallery, and overall field guide to the beauty so often lost afloat and under boot."The New York Times, in their review of Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty

The Daily Yomiuri (Tokyo), Dec. 9, 2006

“It’s a fun little book that shows nature’s art in great detail.”

 

Chicago Sun Times, Dec. 6, 2006

“Libbrecht is one of the foremost experts on snow. His recently published Field Guide to Snowflakes (Voyageur Press) is his fourth book on the subject, and his work is included in a new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.”

 

 

NJ Family Life, January 2007

“This captivating introduction to the science behind snowflakes is highlighted by the author’s own snowflake microphotographs.”

The International Journal of Meteorology, March 2007

“This book really tells the reader almost all he could possibly want to know about the humble snowflake, and certainly made your reviewer ache for an ‘old-fashioned winter’ so that he could use this valuable book in the field.”
                    

Hamptons.com, Nov. 20, 2007

“A handy, pocket-sized book that offers tips for intrepid snowflake hunters, including what type of snowflakes to expect during certain weather conditions, and opportune ways

for capturing them.  You can find and buy the book from the publisher or at any major bookstore.”

 

 

Meet the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht is a professor of physics at Caltech, where he studies the molecular dynamics of crystal growth, especially how ice crystals grow from water vapor, which is essentially the physics of snowflakes. He has authored several books on this topic, including The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty, The Snowflake: Winter's Frozen Artistry, The Art of the Snowflake, and Field Guide to Snowflakes. Dr. Libbrecht served as science consultant on the Disney film Frozen. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Rachel Wing. They have two children.

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