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The Golden Ratio

Throughout history, there has been a fascination with beauty from geneticists, mathematicians, painters, and theologians have all pondered the relationship between beauty and the fantastic calculation that brings it into being.  I am a firm believer that beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder. I have interviewed dozens of beauty analysts and specialists who have all agreed we will know it when we see it. Today I highlight the genius creator of the PhiMatrix Design Software, that basis its premise on 1.618, the golden ratio in nature as well as human beings. Here is my Q & A with Mr. Gary Meisner:


1. Tell me a little about yourself and how you established your place in the Phi world?

I developed the initial investigations behind http://www.goldennumber.net in 1997 and created the site in 2001. It was motivated by my growing awareness of design in nature, and a desire to share my findings with others. Over the years, the site took on a life of its own as dozens of other people contacted me to contribute their personal insights. The site is visited by a million people per year. This has led to many opportunities to connect with people with a wide range of interests and knowledge. It has also led to my participation in interviews, documentaries, and books on various aspects of the golden ratio.

2. How does the PhiMatrix Golden Ratio Design Software determine beauty?

PhiMatrix is design and analysis software I developed that was inspired by the golden ratio. Each of its grid lines is in golden ratio proportion to the ones on either side of it. The software makes it very easy to unveil golden ratio proportions that can be found in the human face and other examples in nature. Studies show that the presence of the golden ratio in facial proportions is related to our perceptions of beauty. Examples of this are shown on my site at http://www.goldennumber.net/beauty/. PhiMatrix also makes it easy to apply the golden ratio in art, design, and composition.

3. Do you feel beauty is in the eye of the beholder?

It has long been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and thought that beauty varies by race, culture, or era.  The evidence, however, shows that our perception of physical beauty is hard-wired into our being and based on how closely the features of one’s face reflect phi in their proportions.

4. Do you think beauty is based on skin color? Features, symmetry, or what?

There is no single magic “formula” for beauty, yet we all know it when we see it. Beauty is a concept that is dependent on human perception. It’s influenced by many factors – proportion, symmetry, complexion, skin tone, health, facial expression, aging, and more. Even with a perfectly proportioned face though, there are endless variations in coloring and the shapes of each facial feature (eyes, eyebrows, lips, nose, etc.) that give rise to the distinctive appearance of each race. These provide for endless variations in the beauty that are as unique as each individual. The human face communicates an incredible array of emotions, which are an integral element of one’s total beauty.  The human face conforms most closely to phi proportions when we smile.  You’ll be perceived as more beautiful with a warm smile than with a cold-hearted look of anger, arrogance, or contempt.