Why snowflakes have such fascinating shapes

Snowflakes are lovely, they have fascinating shapes that are a delight to the eyes. But when the brain behind those eyes wonder how could something like that have such intricate, symmetrical structures, thoughts go puzzling. And they should’ve been more puzzling for people who were born before atoms were discovered, why? We’ll get to that in a minute.

The earliest known account in history about the hexagonal shape of a snowflake was in 135 B.C., by a Chinese scholar Han Yin. He wrote: “Flowers of plants and trees are generally five-pointed, but those of…

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