Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Science vs religion...Hypatia of Alexandria [science] lost

Hypatia of Alexandria

Rachel Weisz as Hypatia

Agora, a film by Alejandro Amenábar and staring Rachel Weisz as Hypatia, is an historical drama about Hypatia of Alexandria around 390 AD in Alexandria Egypt and her losing battle with early Christianity. It will be released in October.

Hypatia of Alexandria



Alejandro Amenábar



Anonymous said...

A recommended book:

Publication Data: Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr, by Michael A. B. Deakin. Prometheus Books, 2007. Hardcover, 231 pages, $28.00. ISBN: 9781591025207.


Mercury said...

The reviewer wrote...

"In the introduction to this book, Michael Deakin expresses surprise that there have been so few full-length treatments of the life and work of Hypatia, and that, in particular, most such accounts have had very little to say about her mathematics."

Maybe things will change as they have with Giordano Bruno.

Anonymous said...

As with Bruno, missing historical records have made it hard to always know fact from fiction.

Plus both Bruno and Hypatia have been used by various groups to further their agendas, muddying th waters of historical truth as usual.

I first became familiar with Hypatia from Carl Sagan's Cosmos series, but even that had its biases and flaws. I wonder how much better the film will be?

Mercury said...

I have read three reviews and not all have been favorable...a modern day "sword and sandal" film. But then, what do critics know.

Mercury said...

Giordano Bruno--visionary?...a new book