The Unbelievable World of Snowflakes

The hexagonal symmetry of snow

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stellar plate snowflake photo
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Nakaya, however, was not the first scientist to take a close look at snowflakes. The process began as early as 150 BC when Chinese scholar Han Ying wrote about the "contrasts [between] the pentagonal symmetry of flowers with the hexagonal symmetry of snow."

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