Many electronic components are available on spools that can be used by machines for counting them out or placing them on boards. These capacitors were once on such a spool, but since we didn’t need quite enough for a full spool, they were counted out, rolled up and shipped out to us. They exhibit the opposite spirals of phyllotaxis that are probably most familiar from the face of a sunflower. Who knew capacitors could be so lovely?
3 thoughts on “Electronic Phyllotaxis”
Oh dear, it’s a bionic receptaculitid!
What project do you have planned that requires so many ceramic capacitors?
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