In the late fourth and early fifth centuries of our era, Hypatia of Alexandria was the world’s greatest living mathematician and astronomer. A strikingly beautiful. 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 of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr, by Michael A. B. Deakin, , pp., hardcover, ISBN , $ Prometheus Books,

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Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies.

Rather unsatisfying biography of Hypatia. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.

What made my misery ever worse is that my mom is really good at math, so I could never understand when she would try to explain my homework to me, and she could never understand why I couldn’t understand her. And he not only did this, but he drew many believers to her, and he himself received the unbelievers at his house.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

Having succeeded to the school of Plato and Plotinus, she explained the principles of philosophy alexsndria her auditors, many of whom came from a distance to receive her instructions. This page hypayia last edited on 26 Decemberat Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasizes that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment. Hypatia’s death shocked the empire and transformed her into a ” martyr for philosophy”, leading future Neoplatonists such as Damascius to become increasingly fervent in their opposition to Christianity.

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A strikingly beautiful woman and a devoted celibate, she lived in a city as turbulent and troubled as Baghdad or Beirut is today. I was hoping for mathematiciam historical information regarding the circumstances of her murder at the hands of the early christian church, but again, there i.

This fictional portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard, originally the illustration for Elbert Hubbard ‘s fictional biography, has now become, by far, the most iconic and widely reproduced image of her.

Hypatia’s life continues to be fictionalized by authors in many countries and languages. Background TextsHarrisburg, Pennsylvania: Problem of Apollonius Squaring the circle Doubling the cube Angle trisection.

Account Options Sign in. Cameron states that the most likely source of the additional material is Hypatia herself, [19] since Hypatia is the only ancient writer known to have written a commentary on the Arithmetica [19] and the additions appear to follow the same methods used by her father Theon.

Not recommended for those looking for an easy narrative to follow, but might interest those lo The first word that comes to mind is “disjointed.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A.B. Deakin

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We have seen and heard for ourselves she who honorably presides over the mysteries of philosophy. Mathematician and MartyrAmherst, New York: A very succinct and academic book on Hypatia; which, while reliable, loses some of its appeal by not following a narrative, instead choosing to sketch out different sources and focus on the mathematics.

But it is thorough and genuine, so there’s that. And in those days there appeared in Alexandria a female philosopher, a pagan named Hypatia, and she was devoted at all times to magic, astrolabes and instruments of music, and she beguiled many people through her Satanic wiles. The author uses all sorts of repetition and unnecessary verbiage to expand what amounts to only about 20 pages of material to a page book.


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But this is not for your average person. Deakina historian of mathematics, argues that Hypatia’s menstruation was proof of her celibacy[63] [64] since, in ancient times, menarche generally occurred around the time a woman reached marriageable age, much later than in developed countries today, [63] [64] and, since no reliable methods of birth control existed, [63] [64] menstruation mahematician have actually been a relatively alexandgia occurrence for any woman who was not devoted to a life of celibacy.

May 12, Alicia rated it liked it Shelves: In his Hypatie and Hypathie et CyrilleFrench poet Charles Leconte de Lisle portrayed Hypatia as the epitome of “vulnerable truth and beauty”. Towards the end of her life, Hypatia advised Orestesthe Roman prefect of Alexandriawho was in the midst of a political feud with Cyrilthe bishop of Alexandria. Osen relied on it as her main source in her influential biographical article about Hypatia in her book Women in Mathematicspublished matjematician the MIT Press in According to Watts, however, Hypatia had no appointed successor, no spouse, and no offspring [] [] and her sudden death not only left her legacy unprotected, but also triggered a mathematicoan against her entire ideology.