MICSCAPE - Exploring the miniature world
Issue 286 : January 2020 (ISSN 1365 - 070x) Monthly, next issue February 13th 2020.
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In Focus: Books
Snow crystals by Kenneth Libbrecht - free monograph. Many will be familiar with the world class work by Kenneth Libbrecht on snow crystals and his stunning imagery (his website with many resources is www.snowcrystals.com). He published in 2019 a 500+ page heavily illustrated monograph on 'Snow Crystals' and has placed in the public domain for free as a pdf. There's much of interest to the hobbyist. The link below is to a Quanta Magazine article in December 2019 by Rebecca Boyle and link to the pdf on arXiv.org.
Thank you to Steve Neeley for spotting and not least to Kenneth Libbrecht for making such a stunning resource freely available.
For potential readers who prefer a paper copy, there are many local printers who at reasonable rates can print and bind a single copy for personal use by uploading the pdf to their website. The copy printed out for the Micscape Ed. is shown below. For fellow folk where it is rarely possible locally to view Nature's snow crystals, they can be simply created (albeit asymmetrical) for a few pounds at any time of year indoors with a Peltier plate. They can be viewed growing in real time under a stereo. From experience, the lowest wattage plates are most successful as less heat to dissipate from the hot side. The plate shown is a TEC1-04903 10W (5.8V 3.3A).
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