Science Stories
Science Stories
BBC Radio 4
Kepler's Snowflakes
27 minutes Posted Dec 26, 2018 at 9:00 pm.
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Philip Ball reveals the tale of a small booklet 'On The Six-Cornered Snowflake", written by Johannes Kepler as a New Year's gift. The C17th astronomer wished to explain the intricate and symmetrical shape of winter's tiny stars of snow. His insightful speculations about minerals and geometry was the beginning of the modern understanding of crystals.