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The Little Book of Snowflakes Hardcover – October 31, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-0896586529 ISBN-10: 0896586529 Edition: First Edition

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The Little Book of Snowflakes + The Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and Science of Snowflakes + Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; First Edition edition (October 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896586529
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896586529
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.5 x 5.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bulletin of the American Meteorology Society, Fall 2005 (circ.: 12,000)
"This miniature companion book features new, highly detailed photographs of snowflakes, with captions that discuss the science behind their beauty and literary quotes relating to snow and nature."

About the Author

Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht was raised in North Dakota and educated at Caltech and Princeton, receiving his PhD in physics in 1984. He subsequently joined the faculty at Caltech, where he is a professor of physics and head of the physics department. He has published numerous articles on a range of scientific topics, as well as a number of books for popular audiences on the formation of snow crystals. The latest news on snow-crystal research can be found on his website at www.snowcrystals.net.


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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Saw this little book and was really impressed.
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I gave that one out to teachers and friends for Christmas and was enjoyed by all.
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The Little Book of Snowflakes What a Beautiful little book!
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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 17, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"The Little Book of Snowflakes" by Kenneth Libbrecht is a diminutive companion of sorts to the larger "The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty", which Libbrecht wrote with Patricia Rasmussen. It contains 140 beautiful photographs of snow crystals and snowflakes, taken by Kenneth Libbrecht and his traveling photomicroscope. 45 of the photographs are full page, which in this case means 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) square. I'm not sure if any of the photographs duplicate those found in "Winter's Secret Beauty", but most of them don't. If you haven't seen either of these books, the photographs are so beautiful that they must be seen to be believed. The text in "The Little Book of Snowflakes" is sparse. It consists of basic information from the author on how snowflakes are formed and 30 quotations on the subjects of snow and nature by an assortment of notable names, from Aristotle to Hsiao Tung to William Blake to Albert Einstein to Yogi Berra. As with it's companion book, the price of "The Little Book of Snowflakes' belies the quality of its contents. It makes a wonderful gift for the photographer, nature lover, aesthete -or anyone who has had too much or too little of the white stuff outside. Kenneth Libbrecht puts snow in a new light. For those who couldn't get enough of the photographs in "Winter's Secret Beauty", this little book is a welcome addition.

Kenneth Libbrecht is a physics professor at CalTech, and he has an excellent web site: [...] . Whatever else Libbrecht may accomplish in his field, the publication of "The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty" and "The Little Book of Snowflakes" seem to ensure his place in popular history as a "snowflake man", an epithet previously earned only by Wilson Bentley a century ago. If you like this book, be sure to check out "The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty" for more photographs and detailed information about the formation and identification of snow crystals.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Last year's book, The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty by Kenneth Libbrecht, was one of the finest books about the beauty and science of nature that it has ever been my pleasure to see and read. I gave copies to many members of my family.

Naturally, I was intrigued by the idea of The Little Book of Snowflakes. I am very impressed with what I see. Although the book is small in page size and numbers of pages, Mr. Libbrecht has created another masterpiece. Somehow he has managed to do several difficult things at once: Show the intricate beauty of snowflakes; demonstrate how they can vary with different weather conditions; explain the science behind their development; and capture the implications of their beauty in a number of luminous quotes.

I picked the book up thinking it would take but a few minutes to scan. I looked up two hours later to wonder how that much time had passed. I could not have had more fun if I had been looking at the world's finest collection of diamonds of rubies.

Trust me. Stock up on this book. It's perfect for all kinds of gift occasions. And be sure to keep several for yourself so you'll always have one to look at when you want to bathe your soul in beauty.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By mcHaiku on December 31, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Kenneth Libbrecht, Caltech physicist, has inspired a book that may be purchased in quantity for gifts . . . or shared to delight friends and associates. He has followed in the footsteps of Wilson Bentley (see below), photographing the delicate and exquisite crystals that fall from our sky.

Quotations by Rachel Carson, John Muir, Oscar Wilde, Thoreau, Einstein, Robert Frost and others complement the text & the remarkable photographs, colorfully reproduced.

"Out of the cloud-folds of her garments shaken . . . Silent and soft, and slow . . . Descends the snow" is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's beautiful metaphor. Libbrecht explains that "most symmetrical crystals are formed during light snowfalls, with little wind" and during especially cold weather. He tells us that 3-fold symmetry is rare, and "you will not find (any) eight-sided snowflake."

MORE FASCINATING THAN DIAMONDS, snowflakes are works of art that come in countless, intriguing shapes. Libbrecht says "each takes about fifteen minutes to form . . . out of water vapor in the air." 19th century author Eden Phillpots said "the universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper"!

This book should be shared with children, along with the 1998 Caldecott medal-winning book (isbn # 0395861624) written by Jacqueline B. Martin and illustrated by Mary Azarian's woodcuts. It tells about the young Vermont farmboy who collected snowflakes and invented the process of photographing them . . . and grew into his nickname of "Snowflake Bentley" - - the title of the book.

REVIEWER mcHAIKU recommends: "Make multiple gifts of 'THE LITTLE BOOK OF SNOWFLAKES' - - THESE ICE CRYSTALS MELT THE HEART!"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Wilson on January 5, 2007
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If you are looking for something a little less informational than Ken Libbrecht's Fieldguide to Snowflakes,then this is what you are looking for. I gave that one out to teachers and friends for Christmas and was enjoyed by all. It is more of a small coffeetable book with lots of amazing photographs of actual snowflakes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. Burton VINE VOICE on November 4, 2006
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Who needs another little mini-coffee table book? Well this is so much more. The stunning photographs of snowflakes and the tidbits about how they are formed are a wonder. You will look through this book again and again, as will people of all ages. I fell in love with this book and ordered multiple copies to give as small gifts to special people. Nearly every one who sees it wants to know where to get one.
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