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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760326452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760326459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,811 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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


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.”



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.”

From the Back Cover

The next time the forecast calls for snow, you can be prepared with this fun, informative pocket-sized guide to the amazing world of snowflakes.
 
This guide will not only explain the science behind these one-of-a-kind natural masterpieces, but showcases their delicate beauty through amazing microphotography of real snow crystals. You’ll also learn about the most common types of snowflakes, their structures and patterns, when the most beautiful crystals are likely to fall, and how you can best observe and even photograph them.
 
 

More About the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht knows perhaps more than anyone should about the science of snowflakes. He had his first exposure to the subject during many cold winters growing up on a farm outside of Fargo, North Dakota. He eventually made his way out of the snow and into the sun of Southern California, becoming a professor of physics at Caltech.

In the mid 1990's, Libbrecht's interest in the molecular dynamics of crystal growth led him back to his roots and into to a detailed study of how ice crystals grow from water vapor, which is essentially the physics of snowflakes. This ongoing endeavor seeks to better understand how crystals grow and how complex patterns emerge in the process. Libbrecht also furthered the art of snow crystal photography and has taken over 10,000 pictures of all different types of snowflakes. His books display many beautiful photographs and describe how these diminutive ice sculptures manage to appear, quite literally, out of thin air. In 2006, the U.S. Post Office created a set of commemorative first-class postage stamps featuring Libbrecht's snowflake photographs.

More news and views about snowflakes can be found at Libbrecht's web site -- www.SnowCrystals.com.

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Caltech physics professor Kenneth Libbrecht burst into the public's awareness when he wrote the text to the stunning 2003 book "The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty", with photographs by Patricia Rasmussen. Even laypeople now associate his name with pioneering research in the science of snow as well as great snowflake photography. In this "Field Guide to Snowflakes", Libbrecht offers a practical guide to snowflake-watching whose intent is to entice the reader outdoors, magnifier in hand, to observe the exquisite and endlessly fascinating "Lilliputian world of snowflakes". He tells us just how to do that, how to decipher a snow crystal's history, and provides a method of classification that will help snowflake-watchers understand what they see.

In the first part of the guide, "Understanding Snowflakes", we learn how snowflakes are created by selectively augmenting ice crystals as they tumble through the clouds. Libbrecht explains the conditions that produce some of snowflakes' characteristics, such as symmetry, crystal faceting, branching, ridges, rims, ribs, and sublimation. And he introduces us to 35 snowflake classifications that he will explain in detail in Part 2. These are fewer than the traditional snow crystal classification system. Libbrecht has chosen to organize snow crystals according to their growth mechanisms for the purpose of this book. This seems to be a practical approach that allows the lay person insight into both the forms of snowflakes and their causes without burdening us with too many abstruse classifications.

Part 2 is the heart of the "Field Guide". Libbrecht's classifications are addressed in detail, with examples and explanations of what conditions produce them and why. Libbrecht's prose is always clear and fluid.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wilson on January 5, 2007
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I got this book for my husband for Christmas and he loves it. Not only does it have the most amazing photographs of actual snowflakes, but it gives more information than you ever thought to ask about snowflakes. My husband enjoys reading all kinds of field guides, whether it's about birds, trees, etc and this was one of his favorites.

If you are looking for something a little less informational, check out Ken Libbrecht's Little Book of Snowflakes. I gave that one out to teachers and friends and was enjoyed by all. It is more of a small coffeetable book with lots of amazing photographs.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Stephen P. Lloyd on March 11, 2007
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I first saw Libbrecht's work in a recent issue of The American Scientist, and was delighted when my wife gifted me with this charming little book. In language that engages without condescending, Libbrecht explains the formation, symmetry, and growth of these miniature crystalline gems. I had just finished reading the book when we had an early-March snowfall. Armed with my modest digital camera and its macro settings, I was able to not only photograph individual snowflakes, but actually see for myself the changes in snowflake morphology as the termperature and humidity varied during the snowstorm. Later, after proudly sharing my photos with friends, they asked to see the book and were as captivated as I. Even if you don't care to understand the physics of snow, it's likely you'll never look at snow the same way. And it was stimulating to see that "snowflakes" are often capped columns or needles. I can't wait until the next snowfall!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Turner on January 18, 2009
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For a literally small book, this one is the most stunning visual representation of the magnificent variety in nature that I have seen. To create an inspirational masterpiece from this subject matter is nothing short of genius. Everyone should have a copy of this book to bring them back to the grandeur of the hidden wonders around them. Ken Libbrecht has offered something rare and wonderful.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Archer on January 11, 2007
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This book has the most incredible, beautiful photos of a very transitory subject. What fun!
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By mjmcc61 on August 3, 2009
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If you've ever been enchanted by a single snowflake on your sleeve or marveled at the frosty crystals on a windowpane, prepare for a delight beyond imagination! This guide to snowflakes contains the most amazing photographs of this wonder of nature. The accompanying text, though a bit dense in places, describes the formation of ice crystals as they tumble through the atmosphere and explains why certain conditions yield specific types of flakes. What a wonderful confluence of art, science and nature!
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By Abyno on February 7, 2010
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Have you ever wondered why there are (supposedly) no two snowflakes alike? This book gives you all the answers.

If you love snowflakes, this is one (there are three) of the books for you! It is a very readable and fascinating study of what comes out of the sky in large flakes or tiny particles, the different parts of a snowflake, and the simple beauty of nature. I bought all three of Ken Libbrecht's snowflakes books and I love them all.
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By Kris on July 14, 2014
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Absolutely gorgeous book with pictures of real snowflakes.
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