The Guy Who Figured Out How Snowflakes Work

The Guy Who Figured Out How Snowflakes Work

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 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 His new book is also available to purchase from here —

Libbrecht, K. G. (2019). A Quantitative Physical Model of the Snow Crystal Morphology Diagram. arXiv preprint arXiv:1910.09067. —

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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

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24 Responses

  1. Guy in New York says:

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

  2. suvrat arya says:

    A fraction of passion this guy has for snowflakes will make a massive difference in the world around us.

  3. Leon Samson Gomes says:

    “Figuring out!!”, the drive and the motivation that has led to the development of the humanity, and that curiosity of figuring things out is nothing but a blessing I would say. Once again an awesome video/ content from you, keep up the good work mate.

  4. Sam says:

    Man, He’s so wholesome and clearly loves what he does. I love it

  5. BT20MEC110 Aniket Turkel says:

    You can feel how much Ken likes learning about snowflakes from his face. He was enthusiastic from the start to the end of the video.

  6. Chad Sullivan says:

    I’m thankful that there are people who have such strong passions that they take time to learn as much as they can with no promise for money, fame, or even real use. So thank you Dr. Ken, Veritasium, and everyone who enjoys asking questions and finding answers!

  7. Tiberiu Nicolae says:

    “We just kept making books until they sold 0 copies and then we stopped” Sound strategy I respect this man.

  8. Maryah Haidery says:

    “We have to know how that works damn it!” That may be the best definition of science I’ve ever heard. Absolutely love you and Dr. Libbrecht! Thanks for introducing him to us 🙂

  9. Weyoun Six says:

    The coolest thing about this video in my opinion, is how snowflakes are so small yet arranged, that we can actually look at a representation of every molecule inside the snowflake, and how it comes to form its macro shape. This is very unique!!!

  10. Dark says:

    “Finding out!!” is the drive and motivation that has led to humanity’s development, and that curiosity of figuring things out is nothing but a blessing, in my opinion. Once again, an excellent video/content from you, keep up the good work mate.

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