Fibonacci Spiral in Python

I always like to play around with my models and see what happens next. Don’t you? Problem is that most of the time we don’t know how to do it and with what resources… Let me show you how to model a Fibonacci spiral easy.

First we will use Python. Don’t worry. Install Python or just install Anaconda and open Spider.

Once in spider paste the following code to the editor and hit play.

The result should be something like this:

Fibonacci Python Generated Spiral

Generating a Fibonacci spiral.

There is a nice page that explains how the python script works and gives a deeper insight into the Fibonacci series:

Week 1: Fibonacci Sequence and the Golden Ratio

[code lang=”python”]

# —————-
# Code written by Peter Derlien, University of Sheffield, March 2013
# Draws spiralling patterns of circles using the Golden Angle.
# —————-

# Import from the numpy and matplotlib packages.
import numpy as np
import matplotlib.pyplot as plt
import matplotlib
from matplotlib.collections import PatchCollection
import matplotlib.patches as mpatches

ox=0.5; oy=0.4 # centre of plot

ndiscs=input(‘No. of discs (e.g. 300)? ‘)
ncols=input(‘no. of colours (1 to 34)? ‘)
offset=input(‘offset (in radians) from golden angle? ‘)
offset = float(offset)
tau=(1+5**0.5)/2.0 # golden ratio approx = 1.618033989
#(2-tau)*2*np.pi is golden angle = c. 2.39996323 radians, or c. 137.5 degrees
inc = (2-tau)*2*np.pi + offset
k=0.1 # scale factor
drad=k*(1+5**0.5)/4.0 # radius of each disc
minv=maxv=0 # minv and maxv will be used later to display inputs chosen

# now collect in list ‘patches’ the locations of all the discs
patches = []
for j in range(1,ndiscs+1):
r = k*j**0.5
theta += inc
x = ox + r*np.cos(theta)
y = oy + r*np.sin(theta)
if y > maxv:
elif y < minv:
disc = mpatches.Circle((x,y),drad)

# start building the plot
fig = plt.figure()
ax = plt.axes([0,0,1,1])

# create text to show which inputs the user has chosen
font = "sans-serif"
nd = ‘ndiscs: ‘+ str(ndiscs)
plt.text(minv, maxv, nd, ha="center",family=font, size=14)
setting = ‘angle offset: ‘+ str(offset)
plt.text(minv, minv, setting, ha="center",family=font, size=14)
nc = ‘ncols: ‘+ str(ncols)
plt.text(maxv, maxv, nc, ha="left",family=font, size=14)

# build colour cycle, using a number between 0 and 100 for each colour
for j in range(ndiscs):

# bring together the information for locations and colours of discs
collection = PatchCollection(patches,, alpha=1.0)

ax.set_xticks([]); ax.set_yticks([]) # suppress display of axes
plt.axis(‘equal’) # display the plot we have built [/code]