Winter Work of Art – The Snowflake

Winter Work of Art – The Snowflake

Winter Work of Art – The Snowflake 150 150 Bambinis

Why snowflake has six angles and How to make a correct snowflake
snowflake1Every Christmas holiday the windows of house and shops are decorated with snowflakes. But they have nothing in common with the real snowflakes and have no right to be called snowflakes from the physics point of view.

One local newspaper posted an article by a chemistry professor from Germany Thomas Kup, who wrote a letter reminding that in nature there are only hexagonal snowflakes.

“We, who use science and love good design must aim our strength to melt all four-, five-, and octagonal snowflakes that occur on postcards, in childrens’ books, advertising, and educate those who unwittingly generates these snowflakes and distributes them. With an open heart, I invite you all to discuss the true beauty of the science behind a mug of hot punch”, – Kup said in his letter.

Interestingly enough, the advertising banner with incorrect snowflakes, which noticed Thomas Kup, contained the inscription: “For Those Who Like Science.” After seeing this the scientist called on to fight against such lack of education.

Without hesitation, the editorial published Kup’s letter in the Nature magazine which was released on the eve of Christmas 2009. The advertising with the “wrong” snowflakes also disappeared from the official site of the magazine editorial.

So how do you create a “proper” Snowflake?

Those familiar with geometry can do it by using the protractor or compass (Not the kind that shows you where you are in reference to North but the kind from elementary school with a sharp needle point on one end and a pencil on the other.) The building of the correct Hexagon is familiar to any high school student. But you can also do that without any geometrical instruments.

1. Choose the paper you like, the thinner the better.
2. Fold the paper diagonally in half.
3. Then again.
4. And again.
5. And one last time. The paper comes out to be folded 8 times.
6. Cut off extra.
7. We come up with such triangles.
8. Cut out the top parts of the snowflakes in any which way possible. We end up with such cut out triangles.
9. Proceed to cut out the triangles on both sides using your imagination. The more you cut the more detail your snowflake will have.
10. Now carefully unfold the cutout triangles. And there you have your own beautiful snowflakes!

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