The Snowflake Man

In 1885 Wilson Bentley took a picture of the first-ever photograph of a snowflake. After that, he took thousands of snowflakes pictures. He explained his passion like this: “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty, and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design, and no one design was ever repeated. When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.”

Now almost everyone knows him as a “Snowflake Man.” Chuck Smith made a beautiful short documentary about Snowflake Bentley.

If you like the video, you should also check Wilson Bentley’s mesmerizing snowflakes collection. We have curated hundreds of his snowflakes images. For further reading, you should read “The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley.”

Ali Kaya


Ali Kaya

This is Ali. Bespectacled and mustachioed father, math blogger, and soccer player. I also do consult for global math and science startups.

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