Hurricane Sandy's Fibonacci golden spiral


20 Responses to “Hurricane Sandy's Fibonacci golden spiral”

  1. Ryan_T_H says:

    This is just plain neat

  2. GawainLavers says:

    Conclusive proof that it’s all part of God’s plan to derail Mitt Romney.  Right?  Right?

  3. Elipsis says:

    Cool picture, but it doesn’t fit. It’s a spiral, just not a fibonacci spiral. The right side misses inside, the  left side misses outside, and the center could be anything.

    • That’s pretty much what I thought when I saw this. How far off from a golden spiral could you make the spiral and still have it look like it “fits”? I played with it briefly in Inkscape and found I could make all kinds of unrelated spirals that looked more or less like they fit, though I don’t know how its parameters correspond to the golden ratio.

    • Robert Drop says:

      And yet it still manages to be more of a Fibonacci spiral than most supposed examples.  People like to claim all sorts of things adhere to the golden ratio, but they almost never actually do.  Usually they’re not even remotely close.

    • Oskar says:

      Exactly. Everybody needs to read this article, and stop finding Fibonacci numbers everywhere:

  4. Alex Hill says:

    Isn’t reality beautiful?

  5. Anon_Mahna says:

  6. Boundegar says:

    It is the Elder Sign!  Ia!  Ia!

  7. Tim Westbrook says:

    skeptoid did a “not everything is the golden ratio” including the famous nautilus shell example I always think of. 

  8. GuyInMilwaukee says:

    days of pain in 30 seconds.

  9. Brent Kirkham says:

    OK, In this particular case, regardless of photos from space, or GPS, the whole Sandy thing will conform to the “Golden Ratio”.  It’s not really an idea or belief, it’s reality.  If you watch stuff happen for long enough, you see patterns.  Unfortunately, as a species, we are selected as pattern seeking mammals.  Not great, but OK.

    The problem here is : are we pattern spotting or is it a spiral?
    It’s a spiral.  They have properties.  One of the properties of spirals is that they conform to the Golden Ratio.  It’s just basic physics.

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