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Snowflakes Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 13, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (October 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760334986
  • ASIN: B003STCLIE
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,851,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth Libbrecht is the author of The Snowflake, The Art of the Snowflake, and our other snow-crystal titles. He was raised in North Dakota and educated at Caltech and Princeton, receiving his Ph.D. in physics in 1984. He subsequently joined the faculty at Caltech, where he is currently professor of physics and head of the physics department. Dr. Libbrecht has published numerous articles on a range of scientific topics, including the free oscillations of the sun and stars, ultra-cold atomic gases, the detection of gravitational radiation, and the mechanics of crystal growth. He resides in Pasadena, CA, with his wife and two children.

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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Highly recommend this work of art!
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This book is great to have on your coffee table or to use as illustrations for children lessons on how each snowflake is different.
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I will be buying more for family and friends.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Hamaker on April 2, 2009
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Nature's finest performance art abounds in these delicate photos of one-of-a-kind disappearing acts. Each one a treasure for contemplation; some so beautiful as to defy description (page 188 for instance). It is such a relief to NOT be bombarded with glitz and hard-sell so prevalent in everything our eyes come in contact with these days. Thank you to Mr. Libbrecht for his contribution to beauty for the libraries of time. As an additional exploration and compliment to this work, you should try any book by Masaru Emoto on snowflakes ("The Hidden Messages of Water" is fascinating); and check out Libbrecht's field guide to snowflakes as well. To see them momentarily appear on your mitten in winter, and then revisit their splendor captured in print is a gift. You don't need a TV or VCR or an expensive wide-screen--all you need is the book, a chair, some light, and a good cup of coffee--be with yourself for a few minutes and have a conversation with miracles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By LeRoy Miller on March 7, 2010
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A neat book of actual pictures taken of snowcrystals. An even better one by the same artist is "The Art of the Snowflake", which is a larger book and has more written content.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brad Beams on February 11, 2013
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This book is a book of photos of snowflakes... for those who like the beauty of snowflakes... but there is no information in it about snowflakes or how they form, etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beverly Donato on April 2, 2009
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[[ASIN:0760334986 Snowflakes]I think as a teaching artist this is a phenomenal way to the share the magical patterns found in nature . I teach design and nothing could be more startling then Mother Nature herself! Its a great gift to anyone who loves nature ,young children or winter lovers!!.....Beverly Brand Donato
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Georgia Edwards on April 8, 2009
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i saw an interview with the author/photographer on the CBS Sunday morning program a few weeks ago. I wondered how he could take the minute and almost instant melt of a snowlfake to photograph it. the pictures are truly amazing. Each one has its own distinct characteristic. Each intricate flake is just a interesting as the next one featured. Good coffee table book.
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By M. Snow on June 25, 2010
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Our last name is snow...so I tend to have a thing anything related to our last name. This book is great to have on your coffee table or to use as illustrations for children lessons on how each snowflake is different. If you want more scientific answers for snoflakes and such there are other books out there, but for me...this one will do nicely. It incorporates quotes from various sources which is a nice touch. The photographs are breathtaking and I highly recommend this book.
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This book is beautiful study of actual snowflakes. Each page is stand alone art! I like it as a teacher because it can show students the close up details of snowflakes and how they are so different but have some similarities. Highly recommend this work of art!
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By Mary P. Edwards on March 28, 2014
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Here in the northeast we had enough snow this year to appreciate the " workings" of a snowflake. Lovely illustrations and information provided by the author.
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