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A doctor used math to explain why George Clooney has the world's most handsome face
George Clooney has a very symmetrical face, a trait the Greeks praised. Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla
- The Golden Ratio of Beauty is a mathematical way to measure beauty.
- A London-based plastic surgeon used this method to determine that George Clooney has the most handsome face.
- Other celebs that ranked high include Harry Styles, Brad Pitt, and Bradley Cooper.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But according to one doctor, there could be a formula to answer who is the fairest of them all.
Dr. Julian DeSilva, a plastic surgeon in the UK who runs The Centre For Advanced Facial Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery, said he used the Golden Ratio and facial mapping to determine which male celebrities are the most gorgeous, first reported by The Daily Mail.
The Greek Golden Ratio of Beauty Pi, 1.62, was discovered and rediscovered many times dating back to the Great Pyramids, according to Live Science. It was used in the creation of sculptures for the Parthenon by Greek sculptor Phidias and also by Leonardo da Vinci to create his Vitruvian Man, the Mona Lisa, and the Last Supper.
George Clooney. Jeff Spicer/Getty Images
Other mentions who ranked well overall include Will Smith (88.88%), Idris Elba (87.93%), Ryan Gossling (87.48%), Zayn Malik (86.5%), and Jamie Foxx (85.46%).
Unfortunately, Dr. DeSilva doesn't have access to every face on the planet to test this theory. His attempt at using the Golden Ratio as a means of judging beauty is heavily based on symmetry, and not other beauty standards.
It's also worth noting that the Golden Ratio isn't some perfect mathematical equation that can tell you how attractive a person is. Business Insider interviewed John Allen Paulos, a Temple University research mathematician and author of books like "Innumeracy: Mathematical Illiteracy and its Consequences," who called into question Dr. DeSilva's use of the Golden Ratio.
"There's no evidence for most of these claims," he told Business Insider. "And when there is, it's merely descriptive. [. ] It's a common rectangle."
You can read more about what the Golden Ratio actually is here, but essentially, it's just a mathematical quirk.
Remember, beauty is subjective, not scientific or "provable." Don't let anyone or anything, a historical symmetry-based ratio or the like, determine your beauty.
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