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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. 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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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 aleandria a whole. Shortly after Hypatia’s murder, a forged anti-Christian letter appeared under her name.

The rest of the Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasizes that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment.

Cambridge University Press, republished I enjoy the occasional biography and heavier reading in my life, but in comparison to other biographies, this seeme After only hearing mention of matgematician name, I was curious to know more about Hypatia through my own reading instead of just in class and this seemed to be one of the better books on the subject.

Or, know as much as she can, given how little concrete information we or about either of these women. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation of her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public in the presence of the magistrates.

Rather than integrating the different aspects of her story into a single chronological whole, he separates out the historical, intellectual and religious context into digestible chunks. 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.


This book is probably alexandrla than just OK, but that’s my mood at the moment. I had to purchase a second one because my first became dilapidated from notes, dog ears and Post Its.

Hypatia – Wikipedia

The author Deakin also a mathematician describes the life and times of this virgin martyr, what’s know of her contributions, and ends with translations of source materials. I would have like more of the time period – to really place her in the culture and setting.

Background TextsHarrisburg, Pennsylvania: Could anyone tell me who drew the cover illustration? Lists with This Book.

The statement from Synesius’s letter has sometimes been wrongly interpreted to mean that Hypatia invented the plane astrolabe herself, [37] [] but the plane astrolabe is known to have been in use at least years before Hypatia was born. Maryann rated it liked it Dec 21, See 1 question about Hypatia of Alexandria….

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr – Michael A. B. Deakin – Google Books

Arete of CyreneAedesiaAsclepigeniaand Theodora of Emesaall of whom lived out similar careers. In a fascinating narrative that alexandrai to life a richly diverse ancient society, he describes mathematjcian work so that the mathematics, presented in straightforward terms, finds its true place in the context of her life as a whole. The author uses what sources still exist to flesh out Hypatia and at least give her a form – but in truth we do not even know what she looked liked.


Mathematician and Martyr and Hypatia of Alexandria.

Deakin Limited preview – Hypatia has been described as a universal genius[] but she was probably more of a teacher and commentator than an innovator. Rather, geometry was a route to the One, just as was a celibate lifestyle. This guy missed a great opportunity to examine a fascinating woman.

Jul 11, Gabrielle Birkman rated it it was xnd. Apr 18, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Who would have guessed that the greatest mathematician in the Roman Empire, at one time, was a woman?

It might seem strange then, that I am completely obsessed with Hypatia, a mathematician who lived over years ago.

This was a library borrow for Excellent source-based examination of the writings detailing Hypatia’s life as well as the assessment of her written works.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

The Byzantine Suda encyclopedia contains a very long entry about Hypatia, which summarizes two different accounts of her life. I am all for scholarly and academic texts, I read them often. Wikisource has original works written by og about: An actress, possibly Mary Andersonin the title role of the play Hypatiac.

Thanks margyr telling us about the problem. 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 Very mathematical, less Hypatia than expected despite so little knowledge of her.