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The Art of the Snowflake: A Photographic Albumby Kenneth Libbrecht
Synopses & Reviews
Dr. Kenneth Libbrecht’s incredible snowflake microphotography captures real snowflakes in full color and incredible detail. His work has been hailed around the world by everyone from the National Geographic to the New York Times. His images have appeared on U.S. Postal Service stamps and in museum collections.
Now, his newest and best images are collected here, in The Art of the Snowflake, a photographic album that will amaze all.
Snowflakes appear literally out of thin air. They are born high above us within grey winter clouds, where the simple act of freezing turns formless water vapor into spectacular crystalline ice sculptures. They grow and develop as they drift slowly to Earth, where Libbrecht intercepts their fall and uses microphotography to capture these fleeting works of natural art.
As he states, “Photographing snowflakes is always enjoyable because there are so many different types, with no two exactly alike. Each new snowfall is another world to explore, and I still often find novel specimens. The snow may seem rather unvaried to the naked eye, but the microscope reveals an amazing menagerie of beautiful crystalline forms.”
“The man is a doctor of snowflakes.” —Chicago Tribune
“Libbrecht knows snow…both the science and beauty. Libbrecht is deeply immersed in the magnificent, marvelous, mysterious world of snowflakes.” —Salt Lake City Deseret News
Book News Annotation:
Libbrecht, a physicist at Caltech who has written on crystal growth, demonstrates his expertise in microphotography in this volume. Reproduced in color plates, some of them full-page, the photos depict individual snowflakes in all their exquisite beauty. Oversized: 11x12.25". Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The secret of the snowflake’s fleeting beauty, and of the art of capturing it on film.
The perfect geometry and exquisite beauty of nature is nowhere near as clear to us as in the snowflake. As miraculous a feat of nature as the snowflakes has been, have we ever been truly able to appreciate this infinitesimal wonder in all its crystalline glory? Art of the Snowflake, 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 flip through and savor, season after season.
Beautiful pictures illustrate Kenneth Libbrechts story of the microphotography of snow crystals from the pioneering work of Wilson Bentley in the 1890s right up to Libbrechts own innovations in the age of digital images. This edition is a breathtaking look at works of art that melt in an instant. MBI
About the Author
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
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