Many beings react in strange ways to spirals. On youtube, many videos may be found, claiming to use spirals as a means of hypnosis. Once taught how to flush a toilet, a cat will never cease doing so, just to see the water spiral down (maybe some other reason). Worms and rolly pollys will even turn themselves into spirals as a coping mechanism for stress. So it is not too difficult to see that spirals play important roles in culture and stuff. But what exactly is spiral?
Mathematician: A spiral is the graph you get when graphics r=theta in polar.
Geometer: A spiral is what you get when you take a compass and draw a continuous arc, and decreasing/increasing the radius at a constant rate.
Surgeon: A spiral is the shape of the semi-circular canals in the ear.
Meteorologist: A spiral is the shape of a hurricane.
Biologist: A spiral is the shape of a snail shell.
Botanist: A spiral is the shape of a pineapple spine.
Microbiologist: A spiral is the shape of DNA.
Cartoonist: A spiral is the shape of one’s eyes when overcome with disorientation.
Oceanographer: A spiral is the shape of a whirlpool.
Forensic Scientist: A spiral is a type of fingerprint.
Architect: A spiral is the shape of the end of a drill-bit or screw.
Hair Stylist: A spiral is a shape formed by curly hair.
Culinary Artist: A spiral is a shape formed by spaghetti.
Computer Graphic Person: A spiral is a shape that is congruent to itself when rotated by theta and dilated by n, where theta is not a multiple of 2pi and n is greater than 1.
Yes, the point is, different people have different definitions of what a spiral is. But we need a standard. One, single definition that can tell us if what we see is really a spiral. And let’s also talk about why nature loves spirals so much.
The mathematician definition is a pretty simple one. Just one equation, r=theta. When you really think about it, that’s pretty much the simplest equation ever, in polar coordinates. It’s like the y=x of… polar coordinates. That on its own makes it a pretty interesting thing to look at. Also take in the Celtic belief that life was like a spiral, and over the course of one’s stay on Earth, one moves along the spiral until having gone 360 degrees, and at that point, death comes, and this person will be in about the same place as birth, just on a different level. And the afterlife is just another circle, and death comes, and then comes another afterlife. Buddhism is also like this.
Speaking of spirals and new life, there are 3 arteries that are really really central to the creation of new life, and guess what? They’re all spiral-shaped.
That should be more than enough to convince the average person that spirals are awesome. So now, Chromomancy.
The physics part was finally fixed. So I decided to make a plasma stream at a corner, firing towards the center to see what happened. And cool stuff happened. Then I was like, “where one is good, 4 is better”. So I put a stream at each corner, all aiming at the middle, and was thinking, mushroom cloud, we will see mushroom clouds. So imagine my surprise when I double click Run, and saw this:
(Okay, not really a spiral, but still)
Spirals are everywhere. Spirals are awesome. Go read the manga Uzumaki. 20 Chapters about the horror of spirals. If you thought spirals were scary now, you haven’t seen what spirals can really do. Uzumaki. Go.
It doesn’t have anything to do with Naruto Uzumaki, except for that Naruto’s headband has a spiral on it.