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The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Album Hardcover – October 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Voyageur Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760329974
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760329979
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 10.8 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #540,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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www.theweatherdoctor.com, November 2007

“This is a visual book about art, art flowing out of nature and a scientist’s eye to enhance that raw beauty. This WOW! Book straddles the worlds of art and science and should be on the shelves of everyone even remotely interested in the beauty of nature and of weather. With the holiday season fast approaching, I wholeheartedly recommend The Art of the Snowflake as a great gift that fits the season but lasts all year.”

www.forherinformation.com, November 2007

“This perfect cold-weather book showcases the beauty and grace of winter’s most fanciful decoration.”



American Institute of Physics (www.aip.org)/Inside Science News Service Dec. 18, 2007

“Exquisite photographs of the white ice crystals … Libbrecht reveals images of stunning beauty that fall to earth mostly unnoticed every winter.”

BOOK NEWS Inc
, December 2007

“Libbrecht, a physicist at Caltech and has written on crystal growth, demonstrates his expertise in microphotography in this volume. Reproduced in color plats, some of them full-page, the photos depict individual snowflakes in all tier exquisite beauty.”

Ski Canada, November 2007

“From soft and delicate to sinister and gothic individual snowflakes are shown in the coffee-table book as truly wonderful creations of nature – especially when they’re photographed under the microscope by a certain physics professor from California who has a passion for them. This is the fourth and most artistic book on the subject by the author. And no matter what page you open it to, Libbrecht will have you mesmerized by the muster of such complex and symmetrical shapes that we all rely on as skiers.”



Minneapolis Star Tribune, Nov. 25, 2007

“Libbrecht, a name synonymous with snow crystal photography, again shows his mastery in this gorgeous book, proving many times over the old grade-school dictum that ‘no two snowflakes are ever alike.’ They’re certainly not, and here’s the beautiful proof.”

Bookwormsez syndicated column, December 2007

“The gorgeous book is the latest in the ‘Snowflake’ series of books that show the beauty of those microscopic little flakes of ice and the inadvertent art that nature gives each of them. This is a great book for anyone of any age.”

Book Description

As much a work of art as a testament to science, this book reveals how one of the snowflake’s most inspired photographers came to his intimate knowledge of his craft and its fleeting focus. Beautiful pictures illustrate Kenneth Libbrecht’s story of the microphotography of snow crystals, from the pioneering work of Wilson Bentley in the 1890s right up to Ken’s own innovations in our age of digital images. A breathtaking look at the works of art that melt in an instant, this is a book to page through and savor, season after season.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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This is a beautiful coffee table book.
James Boyer
In her time she cut out bunches and bunches of amazing snowflakes by hand, and this book has amazing pictures. some that even are similar to the ones she cut out.
Dulci
This book is filled with beautiful photographs of snow crystals (snowflakes).
LeRoy Miller

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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This contemporary assemblage is an artwork of Love by Libbrecht, author of three prior books on snowflakes. He is Physics Professor at Caltech and provides eye-catching color photo-illustrations of over 400 snowflakes, many as full page images, all sharply detailed and on blue or crimson colored backgrounds, often illuminated by diverse light sources and spectra to best define architectural details of these tiny wondrous crystals forming from water vapor at freezing temperatures. It comes not as a surprize to learn he was from North Dakota.

In addition to snowflakes, the author describes associated particles called rime which may agglomerate into graupel or soft hail. The typical snowflake is a stellar snow crystal composed of a thin plate of ice with six (hexagonal) primary arms that regularly have sidebranches called stellar dendrites, hence appearing fern- or tree-like with no two identical (like fingerprints in Man). Infrequently, the flakes appear as six sectored plates sans dendrites whilst warmer temperatures may produce ice columns and/or needles, generally hexagonal, or appearing as peculiar capped columns with hexagonal wheels resembling tiny spools.

As a photographer, I would have liked the author to have included a brief synopsis of the equipment and technique he used to garner these photographs - i,e, the type of microscopic lens, magnifications needed, light sources, type of camera and film used (digital vs silver halide). However, this book is on the Art of the Snowflake, and not a how-to book. The author indicates some digital editing was done to remove minor blemishes, etc., and based on the huge number of photos taken I'd conclude digital camera and sensor was used. This book is an informative read, is great stock for the coffee table, and is perhaps an inviting holiday seasonal gift this Winter.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Paul Seaman on April 2, 2008
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Since several other reviewers have described this book, and the topic is self-evident, I want to emphasize what a high QUALITY book this is. As a coffee-table size hardback, many of which today are so cheaply made, this one is MADE really well, a pleasure for that alone. Good quality binding and excellent color reproductions. And who would have thought such a simple subject could remain fascinating for over 150 pages! Really worth the price, esp. with the Amazon discount.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kelley Arney on March 22, 2008
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Beautiful, full page color pictures of so many kinds of snowflakes. There is also interesting written material about formations and weather related issues. Did you know you can grow snowflakes? With the right information. I will never be able to think snow and mud belong in the same category again.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Katherine Springer on February 17, 2008
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This is a beautiful book with superb microphotographs. Most of us know theoretically that each bit of nature is unique but here in full page photos are shown the intricate beautiful forms of snowflakes - every one different - all with six points but some blocky, some ethereal. A fascinating lesson in nature and physics is in the discussion of how they form.

I leave it on my coffee table and people always open it. My small grandchild is fascinated by it. And my brother who gave it to me is a scientist who enjoys it. This is the first review I've ever written but I wanted to take the time because this book is so beautiful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Van Cleave on February 13, 2008
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This book is fascinating for adults and children alike. My 4-year-old daughter was amazed to see the close-up beauty of the snowflake. We have a home at a ski resort and this will make a perfect book for a guest room.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Boyer on August 7, 2008
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This is a beautiful coffee table book. Mostly very highly detailed images. No real detail about the theory of snowflake development or how to preserve them. An art book not a scientific book but the images could not be better or more detailed. Bentley would be proud.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blind Lemon Pie on March 9, 2012
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I was skeptical when this book was recommended to me. A whole book of snowflakes? But what a great book this is. Each page is a new piece of artwork - created by nature - and some creative photography. Well worth the purchase. Good book as a gift. Good coffee table book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By average josy on January 12, 2012
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photographs of snowflakes...wow... I had to have this book. It is a feast for the eyes and heart. I love this book. It is one I will look at over and over. Even though I love to read I was glad it was not too wordy, just little snipits here and there about how some of the pictures were taken. Excellent!
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