A couple of months ago I was eavesdropping on a conversation about Gauss's law in electrostatics and leaned some facts I did not know that enabled me to solve a long standing problem on the symmetry of snow crystals. Snow crystals start out as very small hexagonal platlets that are charged , about equal numbers positive and negative. The polarity does not matter but the field for this small snow crystal is the starting point of a long slow process of growing the larger symmetric snow crystal ( 3 or 4 mm in diameter. How does the snow crystal maintain its symmetry as it grows and develops non symmetric aspects? Gauss's law provides the mechanism. Thank you! For a full story read my paper at bit.ly/2CeDs5Q
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