The past century has witnessed an incredible journey into the visible realm. We have sent telescopes into the vastness of space and built devices for detecting subatomic particles—and everywhere we look, we find spirals. The ability to travel the globe with ease has also increased exponentially, enabling more people to visit distant cultures, and all across the globe we find variations on the spiral motif in basket weaving, pottery, architecture, and ornament.
SPIRALZOOM takes us on an odyssey from the grandeur of the cosmos to the homeliness of the garden snail, posing the questions:
Why are there spirals everywhere?
How do they form?
What do spirals tell us about the nature of the universe—
and about ourselves?
The Super Small Picture
This is an image from a bubble chamber. It shows the paths made by tiny particles as they move through liquified gas. These spiraling tracks are caused by collisions between subatomic particles. The protons, neutrons and electrons that make the tracks are impossible to see directly.
This is a great website for high school students. Learn more about high energy accelerator experiements and the beautiful, mysterious world of particle physics.