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The Snowflake

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by Kenneth Libbrecht
     
 

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Snowflakes may be an everyday, common subject, but youve 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. Author Kenneth Libbrecht, a physics professor at

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Snowflakes may be an everyday, common subject, but youve 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. Author Kenneth Libbrecht, a physics professor 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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896586307
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
11/28/2003
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.00(h) x 1.00(d)

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From the Publisher
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.”

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.”

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.”

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 Art of the Snowflake, and Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes. He lives in Pasadena with his wife, Rachel Wing. They have two children.

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Snowflake 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Who would have thought the life of snowflakes was so interesting? The photography is truly marvelous. The concept is superlative. Great book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
snowflakelover More than 1 year ago
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