We all know that trends come and go, and weight, skin colour and hair trends vary across different cultures, but what do those beautiful people around the world all have in common? It’s a curious question that gets you thinking “at the end of the day, can beauty really be measured?” Apparently it can. A beautiful face and even a great body all comes down to mathematics. It’s not even about height or weight, it’s all about proportions. It’s called the Golden Ratio.
Throughout all of the attempts to determine the rules of facial attractiveness, conclusions have finally been reached. Eric Haseltine claimed that the distance from the chin to the eyebrows in an “ideal” face divides the face in a Golden Ratio. The same claim came from an orthodontist called Lowey. He says the reason we deem certain people as “beautiful” is because their face is closer to the Golden Ratio. So, if a face is in proportion and is symmetrical, we are more likely to find it beautiful.
I should mention that I hate maths. I find it so boring because it requires little to no creativity at all, it’s all about rules- but I wish a teacher had told me long ago that’s also why it is soimportant, and I might of been more interested. Maths is the best way of measuring certainty and therefore truth- and everything in our world can be reduced to maths, even music. Every time I hear numbers I just phase out. So it will be tough for me to explain exactly what the measurements of the face and body should be, however because I’m a much much more visually-orientated person I just try to imprint an image of what the measurements looks like.
For the rest of you, Consider this:
1 x8 + 1 = 9
12 x 8 +2 = 98
123 x 8 + 3 = 987
1234 x 8 + 4 = 9876
12345 x 8 + 5 = 98765
123456 x 8 + 6 = 987654
1234567 x 8 + 7 = 9876543
1234 5678x 8 + 8 = 98765432
123456789 x 8 + 9 = 987654321
=Beauty of Mathematics.
I might dislike numbers, but lucky other people love them- otherwise we would be in trouble. Mathematics is the foundation for everything that functions. Furniture, houses, clothes, computers -as we know, but also living organisms, from our limbs and organs to our faces. It makes things function properly and evenly. It was one the groundbreaking human realizations that shaped our future and turned us into a logical and functioning society, and many early philosophers decided that everything in life was made up of Mathematics. They were onto something.
So while it came as a pleasant surprise, it was always innately obvious that even aesthetic beauty can be reduced to numbers. That’s right, even though beauty and aesthetics have long been linked to the “creative” side of our brain, it’s wrong. We may create new ‘twists’ on what is already beautiful, but they all come down to simple equations that are locked in our head from birth.
True Beauty is about symmetry and not social conditioning- the more symmetrical a person’s body and face is, the healthier they are on the inside! Even babies know what is beautiful and what is not. They respond positively to well-proportioned faces and revel at ugly ones. Being naturally superficial is our defense mechanism for mating, being able to decipher who will be able to deliver a healthy offspring and who won’t. Just like we have always examined the smell and sight of foods to tell if it is poison, we encounter other humans in the same fashion.
It’s something that you always kinds knew yet didn’t really realize. I certainly had no clue that Mathematical equations helped me decide between what is right and wrong my whole life.
Look around your room now at the objects in it, bottles, your phone, stereo, computer, mirror, fan, bed, hats, skirts, lamps, glasses, hairspray cans, plates, toothbrushes, the vaccumm, Tv, or your clothes, and your body, EVERYTHING! It’s the same on both sides. I always kind of took that for granted. You could say that Maths wasn’t invented, it was discovered. Lucky we did discover it, because we have used it to build on and create everything in our world.
Dr. Marquaadt developed this map of facial symmetry to measure beauty. Applied to all faces considered beautiful, it fit perfectly. Some beautiful faces didn’t fit perfectly, but no face considered “ugly” fit, if you get what I mean. Amazing huh? You could try it on your own face and see how you measure up.