The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Album

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Voyageur Press, Oct 15, 2007 - Photography - 156 pages

The perfect geometry and exquisite beauty of nature is nowhere so clear to us as in the snowflake. But how have we been able to appreciate this infinitesimal wonder in all its crystalline glory? This book, as much a work of art as a testament to science, reveals how one of the snowflake s most inspired photographers came to such 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.

 

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This is a great seasonal coffee table book. The Art of the Snowflake explains the science behind them, but the hook is the photography. There are hundreds of photos of different types of snowflakes in all their crystalline detail. Read full review

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Kenneth Libbrecht is the author of The Snowflake. He is a professor of physics and head of the physics department at Caltech. 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 is the author of The Little Book of Snowflakes and Ken Libbrecht's Field Guide to Snowflakes. He lives in Pasadena, CA, with his wife and two children.

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