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Updated Math of Beauty interactive

By Murray Bourne, 14 Jan 2014

math of beauty

This one's a bit of fun and not overly scientific.

Why is it that we tend to regard certain people as beautiful regardless of their (or our) race or skin color? Some people feel this is because we are attracted to people whose faces are symmetrical and who follow certain geometric shapes, especially those based on Fibonacci ratios.

This page has always been one of the most popular on IntMath. I updated it so it also works on tablets and (large?) smart phones.

Go to:

Math of Beauty Interactive

Skin deep? On the page, I have a disclaimer that says "inner beauty is more important than external beauty."

For the geeks

This interactive used to be Flash-based, but of course Flash doesn't work on mobile devices.

So it now uses jQuery (a javascript library) and jQuery-UI (stands for "user interface") instead, with another small file so it works with touch gestures on tablets.

See the 3 Comments below.

3 Comments on “Updated Math of Beauty interactive”

  1. Latief says:

    So,is there only Fibonacci number to design beautiful faces or other numbers as well.

  2. Rick Hamilton says:

    I have entered several URL's on, to give your engine a face. They all give me an error message: "Sorry but that image does not exist". Is there a way to upload a JPG, and use the engine? thanks! Rick.

  3. Murray says:

    @Rick: I tried just now and "Use my photo" was working fine. Can you give me some examples of the URLs you were trying to use?

    I fixed an issue where the imported photo's proportions were not always right, which of course messed up the point of it somewhat.

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