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Hypatia of Alexandria

Mathematician and Martyr
Deakin, Michael A. B. (Book - 2007 )
Hypatia of Alexandria
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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 woman and a devoted celibate, she lived in a city as turbulent and troubled as Baghdad or Beirut is today. She achieved fame not only in her special field, but also as a philosopher, religious thinker, and teacher who attracted a large popular following. Her life ended tragically in violence at the hands of a rampaging mob of Christian fanatics, who killed her for her "pagan" beliefs, some say at the instigation of St. Cyril of Alexandria. This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life. Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasizes that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment. In a fascinating narrative that brings to life a richly diverse ancient society, he describes her work so that the mathematics, presented in straightforward terms, finds its true place in the context of her life as a whole. Deakin supplies full detail on the historical, intellectual, and religious context of Hypatia's times. He also analyzes the pattern of her life and thought, and finally gives an account of the events leading up to her lynch-mob execution. Although this outrageous crime has made Hypatia a powerful symbol of intellectual freedom and feminist aspiration to this day, Deakin makes clear that the important intellectual contributions of her life's work should not be overshadowed by her tragic death.
Authors: Deakin, Michael A. B., 1939-
Title: Hypatia of Alexandria
mathematician and martyr
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2007
Characteristics: 231 p., 4 p. of plates :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Michael A.B. Deakin
ISBN: 1591025206
9781591025207
Branch Call Number: 186.4 H998de 2007
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 215-222) and index
Subject Headings: Alexandrian school Women philosophers Egypt Biography Philosophers Egypt Biography Women mathematicians Egypt Biography Mathematicians Egypt Biography Hypatia, -415
Topical Term: Alexandrian school
Women philosophers
Philosophers
Women mathematicians
Mathematicians
LCCN: 2007001588
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A biography of the first well-documented woman in mathematics, whose work led to her murder.


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