Cannes film festival falls in love with maths

Hypatia of Alexandria was an ancient Greek mathematician, most notable for being the first famous female maths scholar. In addition to writing commentaries on and editing some of the most famous early works of maths, like Arithmetica and Euclid’s Elements, she’s said to have done work in astronomy, measuring the relative density of liquids, and possibly independently developing an astrolabe.

A new film – named Agora – based on the life of Hypatia, who’s played in the movie by Rachel Weisz, has received big cheers at Cannes. That’s pretty cool: Greek mathematicians aren’t your typical silver-screen subjects.