Early Snowflake Coloring Book Studies Johannes Kepler
1611 - German astronomer Johannes Kepler published "The Six-Cornered Snowflake" where he wrote an accurate description of snow crystal formation as seen with the naked eye.
Kepler wrote a short pamphlet entitled "Strena Seu de Nive Sexangula" (A New Year's gift of Hexagonal Snow) in 1611 for a friend.
Kepler wrote about the hexagonal symmetry of snowflakes and most efficient ways to package spheres. This treatis (publication) later became known as the Kepler conjecture.
Kepler studied the snowflake very carefully and thoroughly even though he had said that "to care for such a trifle was like Socrates measuring the hop of a flea".
Early Snowflake Explorers - Johannes Kepler The Six-Cornered Snowflake
Teachers may use this image to teach children about the history of snowflake exploration and to introduce snowflake science and snowflake illustration.
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