The Snowflake Mystery

Publicado el 29 nov 2021
Dr Ken Libbrecht is the world expert on snowflakes, designer of custom snowflakes, snowflake consultant for the movie Frozen - his photos appear on postage stamps all over the world. This video is sponsored by Brilliant. The first 200 people to sign up via brilliant.org/veritasium get 20% off a yearly subscription.
Thanks to Dr Ken Libbrecht for showing us how to grow designer snowflakes. Obviously, this video would not have been possible without his help and his expertise. His website is full of information about snowflakes snowcrystals.com . His new book is also available to purchase from here -- ve42.co/SnowCrystalsBook
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References:
Libbrecht, K. G. (2019). A Quantitative Physical Model of the Snow Crystal Morphology Diagram. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.09067. -- ve42.co/Libbrecht2019
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Written by Derek Muller
Filmed by Derek Muller, Raquel Nuno, Trenton Oliver and Emily Zhang
Edited by Trenton Oliver
Animations by Ivàn Tello and Trenton Oliver
Additional video supplied by Getty Images
Music from Epidemic Sound
Produced by Derek Muller, Petr Lebedev and Emily Zhang

Comentarios: 10 236

  • This is the sort of content I need, just some guy who’s an expert on an extremely specific area of life

  • just that genuine smile on this guy's face while talking about snow flakes shows how happy he is with what he's doing :) that's enthusiasm

  • The stuff he discovered may prove to be useful in space travel or something like that.

  • I once saw a perfect snowflake fall on the seat of my moms car when I opened the door back when we lived north of Iceland. It must have had a 2mm - 3mm radius or something, it was so visible. Been fascinated since. Keep up the good work! Curiosity is more than enough inspiration to pursue passions! Not everything has to have practical value, emotional value can be worth just as much, if not more.

  • This dude has my kind of curiosity, he didn’t like the fact that no one knew how snowflakes worked and it really bothered him cause he wanted to know too so he just figured it out himself. I love that, the determination just out of curiosity always fascinates me.

  • Every now and then, Derek posts a video that makes me stop everything and hyperfocus on something that I never questioned but now feel like it's something I always wanted to know.

  • I love seeing someone speak as passionately as this dude talks about his snowflakes, great content

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  • As an Australian, I can tell you I've never seen one of these things before and find their existence fascinating.

  • I was shocked but the ending. Never have I asked myself during this whole amazing snowflake documentary why is this scientist researching this topic. It feels so naturally compelling to me to be deeply attracted to solving the mysteries of life and the universe. Questions lie in every topic and their answers are interconnected, understanding one topic will better your understanding of the whole.

  • I love Snowflake guy’s excitement and energy he radiates when talking about his research. I hope to be that chill when I’m older.

  • Now this is a quality video. I appreciate the in-depth analysis and expertise brought on and discussed whilst delicately following the requirements of the almighty algorithm.

  • Honestly I 100% agree with his approach of "I'm studying this because it's cool and we don't know how it works". Really that's the foundation of science.

  • The world needs more people like this guy who absolutely loves something as simple and complex as snowflakes...

  • Would this work the same way for carbon? When carbon is laid upon a substrate, using processes like Chemical Vapour Deposition, the carbon forms hexagonal structures which we like to call Graphene or if many layers built up in columns then we call it graphite. Is it possible by controlling the temperature and saturation that you could make a carbon flake similar in appearance to a snowflake?

  • "What do you do with snow flakes?" I presume this research is very valuable to people researching suspended animation and the behavior of tissue at low temperatures. If that does not sound interesting think at the benefits the ice cream industry could have from this. Research is always usefull

  • A math professor of mine researches bubbles and shares his research with similar enthusiasm. It’s incredibly motivating.

  • Some scientists really feel happy when someone is interested in what they're doing. Thanks a lot for the content

  • This man spent his career studying snowflakes and he is happy, that's the life I want to live

  • I love this guy!!! Science is for understanding how reality works, not finding a new way to create more worthless widgets to overflow landfills, or discovering better ways to kill human opponents across some fictitious borders.