Is it still true that no two snowflakes are the same?


Interesting story in the NYT’s  by Nicholas St. Fleur, titled: Who Ever Said No Two Snowflakes Were Alike?.  At first glance, the article raised the possibility that for the first time in human history, someone found a way to produce two things to be exactly alike.

Kenneth G. Libbrecht, a physicist at the California Institute of Technology, attempted to create identical snowflakes by subtracting nature’s volatility from the equation.  He acknowledges that he could not disprove any laws of physics and reinforced that identical is not precisely identical to the last molecule.

The variation principle is one of those laws of nature that states that no two people or things will ever be exactly alike.


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