Why Everything Traces a Spiral Path

We count and measure.  This is the primary technology that comes before all other technologies.  One could argue that it is the only technology.  In order to plan anything, conceive of a project, and then execute that project, we must measure and count.  That is why mathematics, or arithmetic, is the primary technology.  Everything we do that entails making or manufacturing a human artifice, a product of human labor, begins with measuring and counting.

But a tree does not count its own rings, and a planet does not count its own revolutions around a sun.  We do the counting because we need to, but Nature does not need to count anything.  Nature simply executes process, but does not have to count and measure using numbers the way that we do.  Nature uses only proportion.

If we observe the path of a planet, we usually say that it is elliptical or circular, a path around the central star wherein a balance between gravity and centrifugal force prevents the planet from flying outward or crashing inward.  However, when we refine our astronomical measurements and calculations, we see that the path that the planet traces through space is not really a circle or an ellipse, it is a spiral path.  This is true because the entire solar system is also traveling through space.  Therefore, the planet is not traveling in a circular path on a stationary plane.  The planet moves with the central sun on the path that the entire solar system is traveling through space.  The planet is traveling in a spiral path because everything travels in a spiral path.  The reason everything travels in a spiral path is because everything in the universe is subject to three or more vector forces.  Such vector forces could be described as a force that pushes an object upward, a force that pushes that same object toward the East and a third vector force that pushes the object to the North.  That object will not travel straight up, or East or North.  The three forces will cause it to travel in a spiral path.  If that object were subject to two and only two vector forces, it would travel in a circle or an ellipse relative to surrounding space.

We find the spiral path everywhere, including in living things, in the shells of mollusks such as the famous nautilus, in the leaf patterns of plants, more readily visible in climbing vines but present in all growing plants.  The reason we find this spiral in living things is because it is the result of the Fibonacci series or golden mean:  phi (1.618033988…) the value that yields itself plus 1 when squared.  But phi and the golden mean must also have a discernible connection with the three-fold vector forces of the universe.  This is most likely the reason why we all readily perceive three dimensions, but in physics the assertion of other dimensions, such as saying that time is the fourth dimension, or calling other phenomena “dimensions” and labeling with additional rank or number, such as the fifth dimension or sixth dimension, seems confusing, strange and contrived.  Hard to understand why such physical perceptions are called “dimensions” when the three dimensions, height, width and depth, up, down and right or left, are all so easily perceived and concretely obvious.  Common knowledge designates dimensions are strictly spatial relationships, a fundamental sense of perception that is required to enable us or any animal to maintain balance and a position in space and to move in a controlled manner.  Therefore, we all understand the three dimensions of space, but additional “dimensions” invented or named by physicists change the meaning of “dimension” to something much more complex.

This is why everything travels in a spiral path, even the slow path of growth.  Everything is subject to three or more vector forces, and whether an object is subject to three and only three vector forces, or four or four thousand vector forces, it still travels in a spiral path because the sum of all vector forces – or combination of all vector forces -- will always result in a spiral path.  Physicists should deliberately study this phenomenon in a more focused manner, because a deeper understanding of the spiral path would most likely add important knowledge to our understanding of how the universe works.  Because the spiral path is everywhere, I formulated the “Spiral Path Theory of Light” many years ago, which is found on this website through the geometry table of contents.

Link back to: (Journey List) or (Welcome) page links or (Mindstream) of J. Manimas or (JM Magazine 2013).