Wilson alwyn bentley 1865 1931, americas first cloud physicist, grew up on a small farm in vermont and spent most of his life there. Snow crystals dover pictorial archive 9780486202877 by bentley, w. There is a very small amount of text at the beginning of this book that tells about the different kinds of snow crystals and a little bit about how the work to capture them on film was done. That book is here reproduced, unaltered, and unabridged. Snow crystals dover pictorial archive by w a bentley. This book does a superb job, noticeably better even than wilson bentleys 1931 book, snow crystals. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read snow crystals.
Snow crystals, and their life history lecture to the brooklyn institute of arts. In 1931, bentley published a book called snow crystals which included 2,300 of his images and his lifes research, including the idea that no two snowflakes are ever the same. Bentley was memorialized in the naming of a science center in his memory at johnson state college in johnson, vermont. This is a great book to introduce a unit on diversity.
Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading snow crystals dover pictorial archive. There is one nice photograph of bentley at his camera which is charming, but for the most part, this book is dedicated to the snow crystals themselves. Finally, in 1931, he collaborated with meteorologist william j. Sources for the factual material are credited, and a final page features photographs of bentley at work and three of his actual snowflake slides. In 1931, the book snow crystalsfeaturing 2,500 of his photographs and. In 1931, the american meteorological society gathered together the best of these photomicrographs, plus some slides of frost, glaze, dew on vegetation and spider webs. Bentley, popularly known as the snowflake man, was born on the family farm at. He tried to draw what he saw through an old microscope given to him by his mother when he was fifteen. He never made more than a few thousand dollars from his. Again, this book does a fine job, extending the work of ukichiro nakiya by including results of experiments performed in libbrechts laboratory. The blackandwhite prints of these intricate starlike crystals, each approximately 3 square inches, had been made at the turn of the 20th century by wilson alwyn bentley of jericho, vermont, whose work. In 1931, the american meteorological society gathered together the best of these. Snow crystals is a photographic catalog of the work of snowflake bentley, who spent many years of his life photographing and organizing thousands of pictures of snowflakes. Weather bureau to publish snow crystals, a monograph illustrated with 2,500 photographs.
His photographs and publications provide valuable scientific records of. In 1931, the american meteorological society gathered together the best of these photomicrographs, plus some slides of frost, glaze, dew on vegetation and spider webs, sleet. Bentley s photos were showcased in his groundbreaking 1931 book, snow crystals wilson bentley, a vermont farmer, was the first to successfully photograph a snowflake in 1800s. Science photography snow flake snowflake bentley first ever pictures of snow crystals by wilson a bentley go on sale on display. J download it once and read it on your kindle device, pc, phones or tablets. He first became interested in snow crystals as a teenager on his family farm. The story of snowflake bentley, the vermont farmer who. Man, the latter etched on his grave when he died in 1931. In 1931 he published his final book, snow crystals, written with william j. Horn book wilson bentley was fascinated by snow, in childhood and adulthood, and, practically speaking, is the one who discovered snow crystals, by photographing them in all their variation.
In a story both lyrical and informative, jacqueline briggs martin traces the life of this selftaught and determined scientistfarmer from his childhood obsession through the recognition that followed on his publication of snow crystals, a book of snowflake photographs that is still in use today, to his death in 1931. Online shopping from a great selection at books store. It is almost unbelievable that nature can create such artistic beauty in something so small. Bentley also photographed all forms of ice and natural water formations including clouds. In 1931, the united states weather bureau now known as the national weather service published bentleys research and 2,600 of his photographs in a. Bentleys photos were showcased in his groundbreaking 1931 book, snow crystals wilson bentley, a vermont farmer, was the first to successfully photograph a snowflake in 1800s.
His other publications include the entry on snow in the fourteenth edition of encyclop. Offers valuable material not only to students of crystallography but also to those of the arts. Snowflake bentley, houghton mifflin company, unnumbered pages. For over forty years, wilson snowflake bentley 1865 1931 photographed thousands of individual snowflakes and perfected the innovative photomicrographic techniques. Bentley caught and photographed thousands of snowflakes in his. His photographs and publications provide valuable scientific records of snow crystals and their many types. Bentley was born on february 7, 1865, in jericho, vermont. Wilson alwyn snowflake bentley was the first known american photographer of snowflakes. The bentley snow crystal collection of the buffalo museum of science is a digital. Bentleys book, snow crystals, containing 2,453 of his photographs, was finally published and delivered to his house just weeks before his death in 1931. Wilson bentley is still known as an expert on snowflakes, and made history with his love for snow. Bentley s original glass slide photographs of snow crystals, and includes dynamic resources to further an appreciation and understanding of bentley and his work.
During his lifetime, bentley photographed more than 5,000 snow crystals and his innovative images of thempublished in magazines including national geographic, popular science, and scientific americanbecame so iconic that he was nicknamed snowflake bentley. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The bentley snow crystal collection of the buffalo museum of science is a digital library providing a highquality collection of stunning, unretouched images of wilson a. Slides of snowflakes and ice crystals reproduced from the book snow crystals by bentley and from original bentley photographs. You basically let the crystal fall on something, black or darkcoloured, and then you have to pick it up with a toothpick or brush and put it on a glass slide. His book snow crystals was published by mcgrawhill shortly before his death, and is still in print today. Bentleys original glass slide photographs of snow crystals, and includes dynamic resources to further an appreciation and understanding of bentley and his work. Published june 1st 1962 by dover publications first published 1931. Fascinating, uplifting and strangely calming discover snow crystals. Perfect book for my classroom needs for science and art. I shared this wonderful book with them and they not only. About the bentley collection schwerdtfeger library home. Weather bureau, later the national weather service. His book snow crystals was published by mcgrawhill shortly before his.
He died of pneumonia at his farm on december 23, 1931. Humphreys on a book, snow crystals, illustrated with 2,500 of snowflakes snowflakes. His 1931 book snow crystals, which contains photographs like that shown above of almost 2,500 crystals, stands alongside ernst haeckels illustrated volumes on the radiolaria as a classic on the. Remembering wilson bentley, the snowflake photographer. Images of snow crystals taken by wilson alwyn bentley. Bentleys extraordinarily beautiful photographs of snow crystals and related forms that appeared in the 1931 edition by the mcgrawhill book company.
Wikipedia articles with rkdartists identifiers wikipedia articles with snacid identifiers wikipedia. The book is of great value both to students of ice forms and for textile and other designers who can use the natural designs of these snow crystals in their work. In 1931, the american meteorological society gathered together the best of these photomicrographs, plus some slides of frost, glaze, dew on vegetation and spider webs, sleet, and soft hail, and a text by w. In 1931, the american meteorological society gathered together the best of. Similar books to snow crystals dover pictorial archive. Until the end, wilson bentley would travel to present his findings at lectures. We were making snow flakes for an art project and they were not sure why we were doing this. Wilson bentley and the northern lights by gary parker.
A short documentary about snowflake bentley wilson a. Bentley, 9780486202877, available at book depository with. Get it today with same day delivery, order pickup or drive up. This historical figure wore the label snowflake with. The book focuses on his techniques and specific interests in snow.
Here at last was the climax of all his long labors and the realization of his dreams. The second is why snowflakes have the patterns they do, and how this enormous complexity originates. Bentley 1865 1931, the first man to ever photograph a snowflake. Buy snow crystals dover photography collections dover pictorial archive 1st edition by bentley, w. Snow crystals dover pictorial archive kindle edition by bentley, w.291 1349 565 997 1323 1029 404 1547 31 1583 1561 844 769 979 1475 176 1226 1287 499 925 736 1432 54 1559 1544 181 1526 1370 178 415 1007 1066 179 93 246 465 580