- Actor Robert Pattinson was found to be the most handsome man alive, scientifically.
- The conclusion was reached by mapping Pattinson's face for the "golden ratio."
- Henry Cavill came in second behind Pattinson.
Spend any time in American mathematics education (or for English Robert Pattinson fans, "maths") and you'll eventually find a chapter with "Golden Ratios," a relation between two values existing only if the ratio of those two values equals the ratio of the sum of those values and the larger value. That by itself sounds confusing, right? Well, just know that it's being used for more than just numbers: Facial cosmetic surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva recently used a computerized mapping technique to assess celebrity faces, looking for matches with the Golden Ratio. The face that came closest to perfection was Mr. Pattinson's, which De Silva found to be a 92.15 percent match.
If you'd like to know more about how the ratio (official equation: a/b = (a+b)/a. Or: (1+√5) / 2. Or: 1.61805.) is derived, google it, watch a Khan Academy video, do something. We're definitely not the ones to explain it.
Just know that the ratio has been used since Socrates to assess how beautiful things are, since the ratio is apparently most pleasing to the human eye. And so architects, painters, sculptors and designers have been using this number ever since.
Close behind our future Batman was our Superman of past (and possibly present and future?), Henry Cavill, with a 91.64 percent match. He was followed by Bradley Cooper with a 91.08 and Brad Pitt with a 90.51. Then: George Clooney, Hugh Jackman, David Beckham, Idris Elba, and so on and so on into handsomeness.
Now, there exists some debate when it comes to the Golden Ratio. Some designers do not actively use the ratio, believing the number to be nothing more than an aesthetic myth. Others disagree, maintaining that the number exists within a range of values preferable to humans.
However you feel about Pattinson, it's difficult to dispute De Silva's top 10, which features several traditional "sexiest man" winners. The difference with De Silva's list is that these 10 men aren't being voted on by tween vampire fans; they're being selected by a computer. And, in case you're wondering, Pattinson's chin alone is a 95.1 percent match. The Greeks loved big chins.
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