Thursday, January 8, 2009

Book Review: The Snowflake

The Snowflake: Winter's Secret Beauty
By Kenneth Libbrecht
Photography by Patricia Rasmussen

This brief, but detailed account of the history, life, and look of a snowflake is perfect for deflecting the winter blues. Libbrecht's text is full of knowledge and mystery, inspiring the layperson as well as the physicist. Snowflake shape, symmetry, and weather are discussed to provide a field guide for your own exploration. Rasmussen, a Wisconsin native, provides stunning photos as well as an afterword discussing her personal experience with snowflake photography.

If you are a UW-Madison student, please request this book from MadCat. If you are a Wisconsin resident, please request it through Wisconsin's Water Library Web site book request.