Bubble Chambers and the golden ratio
It’s always fascinating seeing patterns in nature, especially at the atomic level.
The above images are produced by a Bubble Chamber - which is an instrument used in physics for detecting the tiny electrically charged particles that make up the entire universe.
The process of capturing these images is complex, involving superheated liquids and pressure variation, click the link above to find out more.
Anyway, the resulting images are quite stunning, and to me, that lovely golden ratio of 1:1.618 is displayed in all its glory.
Of course, the golden ratio, or ‘phi’, is a fascinating number. It is an irrational number, it can be explained in terms of itself, and it can be expanded into an ‘infinite continued fraction’ that goes on forever.
It’s also extremely closely linked to the Fibonacci Sequence.
It’s kind of beautifully poetic looking at these images through that perspective…with the endlessly recurring pattern in nature and the concept of infinity itself laid out right before your very eyes by the process of nature itself.