WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 11, 2012 /CNW/ - We shovel them, we hide from them,
and we rejoice when they give us an extra day's holiday. In a Canadian
winter, the snowflake is everywhere. But how do they form? What do
their complex and striking shapes tell us about nature? Looking back to
our childhood, is it true that no two are exactly alike?
On Wednesday, February 1, as part of Perimeter Institute's Public
Lecture Series presented by Sun Life Financial, Kenneth Libbrecht,
Physics Professor at Caltech, takes us on a visual journey to expose
the secret life of a snowflake. Explore how the intricate, symmetrical
and magnificent patterns emerge in nature's frozen art through a series
of scientific data and spectacular photographs.
Kenneth Libbrecht knows perhaps more than anyone should about the
science of snowflakes. Libbrecht is a professor and Chairman of the
Physics Department at Caltech, following his PhD in physics from
Princeton University. In the mid-1990s, Libbrecht's extensive research
of the molecular dynamics of crystal growth led him back to his roots
in North Dakota for a detailed study of how ice crystals - the
snowflake - quite literally appear out of thin air.
Kenneth Libbrecht's lecture, entitled "The Secret Life of a Snowflake:
An Up-Close Look at the Science and the Splendour of Nature's Frozen
Art" will be held Wednesday, February 1 at 7:00 PM ET in Waterloo,
Ontario. Tickets will be available starting Monday, January 16, 2012.
Further details can be found at www.perimeterinstitute.ca.
About Perimeter Institute
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics (PI) is an independent,
non-profit, scientific research organization working to advance our
understanding of physical laws and develop new ideas about the very
essence of space, time, matter and information. Located in Waterloo,
Ontario, Canada, PI also provides a wide array of research training and
educational outreach activities to nurture scientific talent and share
the importance of discovery and innovation among students, teachers and
the general public. In partnership with the Governments of Ontario and
Canada, PI is a successful example of public-private collaboration in
scientific research, training and outreach. http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca
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