So in my spare time I'm a medical student and the other day I was writing an essay on beauty and came across something freaky. Check this out.
In introduction, the Ancient Greeks had a concept that beauty arises from ‘kosmos’, which means ‘ordered structure’. Pythagoras, a mathematician, is believed to have been the first to apply the concept of ‘kosmos’ to the universe (this is the etymology of the words ‘cosmos’ and ‘cosmetic’). He is also often attributed with the discovery of phi, a ‘divine ratio’ found throughout nature (such as in spiral shells, a tiger's face and moth wings- check this site out for more examples).
Stephen Marquardt, a retired American maxillofacial surgeon, has done research into phi with regard to human attractiveness. He found that phi, also known as the ‘golden ratio’ of 1:1.618, occurred “in the faces of attractive people much more often than in the faces of less attractive individuals.” Eventually, he managed to create a ‘golden decagon’ from which a facial map, the ‘golden mask’, was extracted. This is meant to be the perfect face. I've cribbed all the illustrations which show how the 'golden decagon' was created and the extracted 'golden mask' (the originals are on his website, 'Beauty Analysis').
Now here is the freaky bit. The ‘golden decagon’ fits perfectly over a cross section of a DNA molecule- this suggests that we're built aiming for a structure based on the 'golden ratio' of phi. Here's the image (again cribbed):
(For those interested, here's a referrence to an interview Marquardt did: Marquardt SR, Dr. Stephen R. Marquardt on the Golden Decagon and human facial beauty. Interview by Dr. Gottlieb, Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, 2002; Vol. 36 (6), pages 339-347.)