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Of Numbers and Stars

The Story of Hypatia

Love, D. Anne

(Book - 2006)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Of Numbers and Stars
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The daughter of mathematician Theon, Hypatia grew up on the northern tip of Egypt in the great city of Alexandria in the 4th century A.D. Unlike most girls of her time, Hypatia learned to read and write, and as she grew older was tutored in mathematics, astronomy, and philosophy. In time, word spread of her brilliance and scholars from all over the world came to her seeking her advice and opinions in these subjects. Records of her fame as a teacher can be found in the writings of Socrates. One of her most famous students, Synesius, developed the astrolabe under her direction.

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Publisher: New York : Holiday House, c2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780823416219
0823416216
Branch Call Number: j 510.92 H998L 2006
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Paparone, Pamela

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Presents the life of a Egyptian woman who lived in fifth century Alexandria and became a respected scholar in mathematics and philosophy.


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A fine, if mild, source of inspiration for a mathematically minded girl. The clear, bright artwork complements the straightforward, soothing text. Parents will appreciate that the details of Hypatia's tragic demise are relegated to a text-only afterward, easily skipped.

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