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By Johannes Kepler,Guillermo Bleichmar,Owen Gingerich,Jacques Bromberg

"In 1611, Kepler wrote an essay considering why snowflakes continually had ideal, sixfold symmetry. it is a easy adequate query, yet one who nobody had ever requested ahead of and person who could not really be spoke back for an additional 3 centuries. nonetheless, in attempting to determine a solution, Kepler raised a few interesting questions on physics, math, and biology, and you can now watch in ask yourself as an exceptional clinical genius unleashes the complete strength of his mind on a likely trivial query, whole with new illustrations and essays to place all of it in perspective."—io9, from their checklist "10 striking technological know-how Books That show The Wonders Of The Universe"

When snow started to fall whereas he was once jogging around the Charles Bridge in Prague overdue in 1610, the eminent astronomer Johannes Kepler requested himself the next query: Why do snowflakes, once they first fall, and ahead of they're entangled into higher clumps, continually come down with six corners and with six radii tufted like feathers?

In his attempt to respond to this captivating and never-before-asked query approximately snowflakes, Kepler delves into the character of beehives, peapods, pomegranates, five-petaled flora, the spiral form of the snail's shell, and the formative strength of nature itself. whereas he didn't resolution his unique question—it remained a secret for an additional 300 years—he did locate an get together for deep and playful thought.

"A best suited booklet for any and all throughout the wintry weather and vacation seasons is a reissue of a vacation current through the good mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler…Even the endnotes during this superb little publication are fascinating and educationally enjoyable to read."—Jay Pasachoff, The Key Reporter

New English translation by way of Jacques Bromberg

Latin textual content on dealing with pages

An essay, "The Delights of a Roving brain" via Owen Gingerich

An essay, "On The Six-Cornered Snowflake" by way of Guillermo Bleichmar

Snowflake illustrations by way of Capi Corrales Rodriganez

John Frederick Nims' poem "The Six-Cornered Snowflake"

Notes by way of Jacques Bromberg and Guillermo Bleichmar

Johannes Kepler (1571-1631) was once a major determine within the 17th century astronomical revolution. he's most sensible recognized for his eponymous legislation of planetary movement. Kepler wrote: "If there's something that could bind the heavenly brain of guy to this dusty exile of our earthly home…then it truly is verily the joy of the mathematical sciences and astronomy."

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