The mysterious symbol that has attracted mankind since the time of cavemen

  • Beverly de Silva
  • BBC culture

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From the Neolithic to the latest skyscraper architecture, the infinite helix is ​​an enigmatic symbol that has influenced artists, thinkers, and designers for thousands of years.

They are found everywhere – in the structure of snail shells, in pine cones, in our fingerprints; On the spiral staircase of the famous St. Paul’s Cathedral, in London, or in and out of the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, in the United States; in a rhino’s tusk or even in a rhino’s horn; Go around the center of our galaxy and the double helix of our DNA.

The spiral is one of the oldest geometric shapes found in human history – there are rock carvings of these symbols dating back to the Neolithic period – it is also one of the most common patterns in nature, seen in the flow of water running into the eye of a hurricane.

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Nature is full of spirals and spirals, from seashells to galaxies and our DNA

There are several types of spirals, such as the logarithmic, discovered by Albrecht Dürer in 1525; Archimedes’ snail, named after the Greek mathematician of the 3rd century BC; fermat spiral as well as helix and vortex, to name a few.

Spirals are omnipresent in human structures in the fields of art, design and architecture, both secular and religious – like the Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq, dating back to the 9th century, or the spiral staircase in the Vatican Museum.

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