Snowflake

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Snowflakes may be an everyday, common subject, but you’ve never seen them like this! A collection of amazing photography of snow crystals using a unique system designed to take super-detailed micro images of these miniature ice masterpieces, The Snowflake is an extraordinary look at a seemingly ordinary object.

The general public is interested in popular science subjects, weather, and amazing photography. The Snowflake has elements of all these, and with its appealing ...

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Overview

Snowflakes may be an everyday, common subject, but you’ve never seen them like this! A collection of amazing photography of snow crystals using a unique system designed to take super-detailed micro images of these miniature ice masterpieces, The Snowflake is an extraordinary look at a seemingly ordinary object.

The general public is interested in popular science subjects, weather, and amazing photography. The Snowflake has elements of all these, and with its appealing combination of informative text and fascinating photography, there is no other book like it on the market. Author Kenneth Libbrecht, an executive officer of physics at CalTech and the pre-eminent snow-crystal researcher, discusses the physics and mythology of snow and how snow crystals are made. Photographer Patricia Rasmussen presents remarkable color micro-photography of snowflakes, and also discusses the history of snow-crystal micro-photography as invented by farmer Wilson Bentley.

WINNER, 2004 NATIONAL OUTDOOR BOOK AWARD! (Nature & Environment)

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Editorial Reviews

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Los Angeles Times, Feb. 16, 2006 (circ.: Orange County edition: 187,300; LA edition: 908,000; Valley edition: 200,600)
"With a series of books, photographs and a Web site (www.snowcrystals.com) that gets 2 million hits a year, Libbrecht is expanding his snowflake empire this year when the U.S. Postal Service issues a commemorative four-stamp set with his snow crystal photos. Later, a new Libbrecht book will hit the stands: a pocket-sized field guide to snowflake types that will make it easy for every man to identify and classify nature's frozen art."

Home Education Magazine Dec. 1, 2007

“For the truly snow-obsessed, The Snowflake is an excellent overview of the history, science, and art of snowflakes, illustrated with exquisite photographs.”

The Polar Times (official publication of the American Polar Society), January 2006 (circ. unavailable)
"Anyone who appreciates the handsome, intricate symmetry of snow crystals must buy Kenneth Libbrecht's book."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781435137653
  • Publisher: Metro Books
  • Publication date: 9/11/2011
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 104,460
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht is an executive officer of physics at CalTech and the pre-eminent snow-crystal researcher. He has a Ph.D. in physics. Patricia Rasmussen’s snow-crystal photography has been used in a variety of mediums, including science and math curriculums, video productions, company logos, Christmas cards, and in an educational TV program.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1--The Creative Genius
Chapter 2--Snowflake Watching
Chapter 3--Snow Crystal Symmetry
Chapter 4--Hieroglyphs from the Sky
Chapter 5--Morphogenesis on Ice
Chapter 6--Snowflake Weather
Chapter 7--A Field Guide to Falling Snow
Chapter 8--In Search of Identical Snowflakes
Afterword--Photographer’s Statement by Patricia Rasmussen
Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Truly unique!

    Who would have thought the life of snowflakes was so interesting? The photography is truly marvelous. The concept is superlative. Great book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2005

    Intangible Wonders of Nature Captured with Majestic Skill and Appreciation

    How many childhood flights of fantasy have been paused in that singularly magical moment when a snowflake from winter's sky touches the darkened gloved finger, pausing only long enough to suggest the mysteries of the universe, only to suddenly dissolve? For those who have held in wonder the beauty of the intricate architecture of the snowflake, heretofore only 'reproducible' by eyeing through a kaleidoscope, then this book is a gentle surprise. Photographer Patricia Rasmussen and physicist Kenneth Libbrecht have collaborated to produce this monograph on not only myriad forms of the snowflake, but also the science of how these natural ornaments are formed and how they can be examined with utmost scrutiny. The result is not the expected bursting of the bubble of wonder at nature's secrets, but is instead an expansion of the beauty of just how unique each snowflake is.This is a book for the nature lover, for the inquisitive mind longing to understand the workings of nature, and for the artist in all of us who simply want to gather more time with the transient works of ice that flurry away with our imaginations. A beautiful book for all seasons, but especially appropriate for gifts at this time of year! Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2005

    'The Snowflake' A True Beauty

    This is an incredible book. Greatly detailed, not only in amazing pictures, but in concise writing. I am a photographer with a love for science. After reading this book I consistently look outside in anticipation for snow that I might discover snow crystals of my own that no one else has seen. The writing in this book is clear and easily understood. A true companion for any age, and a challenge to see beauty and wonder in such a small entity.

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  • Posted December 11, 2010

    spectaculor !!!!

    A magnificent book for anyone who adores snowflakes,loves nature or interested in weather. This book not only has real photographs of snowflakes but all the science to explain how snowflakes are made and why they are all different.I highly recommend this book

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