The Snowflake (Libbrecht, Rasmussen)

A foray past the technical wing of Powell’s Books turned up a bunch of fun reading. Among them is this informative book on snowflakes.

IMG_0641Written by a physicist who developed a specialty in snowflake formation, and beautifully photographed. It’s a broad treatise on snow that’s accessible to everyone, from kids to graduate-level physicists. If you need a snow-focused holiday gift for someone who already has too many skis and bindings, this might be it.

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Kenneth Libbrecht’s prose does a great job of detailing how snowflakes form, grow, and change. He supplements the text with photos from his lab, where almost any variant of snowflake can be grown at will.

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The real star of the show is Patricia Rasmussen’s photographs. Wow!

Recommended, as a picturebook, easy read, and lightweight reference on snowflake formation, morphology, and beauty.

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