'Pattern Formation and Dynamics in Nonequilibrium Systems'


My gallery of man-made spirals and other patterns:

Images of Science. The winning pictures of an annual photography competition of the Max Planck Society where scientists of the 82 research institutes enter images showcasing their work. Including spiral structures from the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems, and the Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.

This is the closest you can get to Archimedes' original drawings of his famous spiral.

A privately owned medieval book (now known as the Archimedes Palimpsest and on loan to the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, MD) containing unique texts from various ancient scholars was written in 950 AD in the Byzantine Empire by an anonymous scribe. In 1229, the original Archimedes codex was unbound, scraped and washed, and used for a prayer book. Since 2000, the website www.archimedespalimpsest.org provides information about the international Archimedes Palimpsest Project (1999-2012).

If you are interested in the original images and other project information:
"www.archimedespalimpsest.net: This website contains the core results of ten years work on the Archimedes Palimpsest. It is an integrated digital product, containing images of the Archimedes Palimpsest, transcriptions made from those images of unique ancient texts, associated metadata and supporting documentation – launched in 2008, updated in 2011." (quote from Will Noel's website)

Spirals on spheres:

Spirals in art:

Spirals in design:

Spirals in architecture:

Various spiral structures: