Please direct any questions or comments to Pau Atela or Christophe Golé who are the directors of this project.



Limited selection of links

Specifically about phyllotaxis

Note: Phyllotaxis has been the subject of very serious studies, as well as some very outworldy divagations. We selected here some sites that contain serious, interesting material, although not always in agreement with our perspective. For research articles, please consult our limited web bibliography.

Prof. R. Rutishauser's site, with links to animations by Alex Bernhard (In English - University of Zurich)

Prof. H. Meinhardt (In English - Max Plank Institute)

Prof. J. de Vaugelas's site (In French - University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis)

H. Haß 's site (in German)

J.P. Chabert's site (in French)

Prof. J. Dumais' site (In English - Harvard University). Dumais is our collaborator in an NSF collaborative Grant.


About Fibonacci numbers and the Golden Mean (and phyllotaxis)

R. Knott's site, a very reliable web classic (in English - University of Surrey)

Caroline Lepage's site (In French)



M. Harding's phyllotaxis sculpture



This site was originally created at Smith College by a team of students under the supervision of professors Pau Atela and Christophe Golé of the mathematics department. They would like to thank Erika Treu, Marylea Ryan, Emily Longhi for their help in this project. They are especially grateful to Eleanor Farrington, who did the bulk of the original design of this site, as well as some of the applet programming. Traces of her work are everywhere in this site. This site, and research work sustaining it also owe a lot to our research collaborator Scott Hotton, who initiated us to Phyllotaxis.

The site was further expended by material gathered for the exhibit "Spiral in Plants: Beauty that you can count on", that took place at the Smith College botanical garden exhibit center October 2002-March 2003. We would like to thank all the people from around the world who contributed to this exhibit (listed here) and in particular our direct collaborators Michael Marcotrigiano and Madeleine Zadik from the Smith botanical garden.

The research represented in this site is partly funded by an NSF grant (DMS-0540740) in collaboration with J. Dumais' lab at Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology of Harvard University.