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The Golden Ratio and the Quest for Beauty

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Dec 3, 2005
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I've been seeing a lot about the Golden Ratio around it's connections to beauty.

The Golden Ratio, or phi, is perhaps the most perfect number in all mathematics. It is equal to the squareroot of 5 plus 1, divided 2.

(Sqrt(5)+1)/2 = 1.618033988749895

It's the only number that if squared, is equal to itself plus one. In other words, Phi^2 = Phi+1. And if you took it's reciprical, it's equal to Phi-1.

Phi^-1 = Phi-1.

Most things in nature follow the golden ratio pattern. Look at your own fingers for example. Measure the length of the longest finger bone. Then measure the shorter one next to it. Divide the longer one by the shorter one. You should get a number close to 1.168. All parts of the human body are poportional to the golden ratio. If you face is in this ratio you are said to be beautiful.

Video of the Golden Ratio applied to Celebrities


This is the golden ratio mask, which can be applied in photoshop over a picture of the face.
Some make-up artists an plastic surgeons use it as a guide for perfection. The rendered mask reminds me a lot of Kevin Aucoins contouring chart.

This ratio is found everywhere in the world, and has recently (lol thx plato! not so recent) been applied to the human body and more specifically the human face.


I ran some "masks" myself and I was surprised by what I found. Out of my friends and acquaintances; the most popular girls fit closer to the golden mask! Weird... we might be on to something here.


Even back in time, structures and people of beauty fit the golden ratio mask!


What do you think of the Golden Ratio? Would you dare to try it on yourself?