Windmills of Your Mind

Round. Like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel…so goes the classic 1960s song – the Windmills Of Your Mind (made famous by Noel Harrison, but covered by countless others).

Forget circle theorems (for a moment, anyway), and discover how circles and spirals turn up in the most surprising of places can be a source of beauty, awe and mystery as Ben explores ways in which maths can be, literally, moving.

Ben will explore 3 spirals/circles:

  • The Spiral of Theodorus (from Greek Times)
  • The Spiralling orbits of Complex Numbers in the Mandelbrot Set
  • The Spiralling arrangements of Seeds in Phyllotaxis, and the Most Irrational Number