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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Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

Archived from the original on December 7, We have seen and heard for ourselves she who honorably presides over the mysteries of philosophy. Houghton Mifflin Aexandria Publishing Company. Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A. 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.

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The first half was easily accessible, but the last half of the book was all notes and appendices, most of which could have been written into the bulk of the text. Really difficult to get through. Return to Book Page. Hypatia has been described as a universal mrtyr[] but she was probably more of a teacher and commentator than an innovator.

Nothing whatsoever is known about Hypatia’s mother, who is never mentioned in hyatia of the extant sources. Anyone looking for a compact and unromanticized approach to a difficult time in history will enjoy this book.

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Mar 26, Kristin rated it liked it Shelves: 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. Hypatia wrote a commentary on Diophantus ‘s thirteen-volume Arithmeticawhich had been written sometime around the year AD. Maryann hypatis it liked it Martyg 21, For as she had frequent interviews with Orestes, it was calumniously reported among the Christian populace that it was she who prevented Orestes from being reconciled to the bishop.


Dec 30, Faith Justice rated it liked it Shelves: Who would have guessed that the greatest mathematician in the Roman Empire, at one time, was a woman?

Thanks for telling us about the problem. In his Hypatie and Hypathie et CyrilleFrench poet Charles Leconte de Lisle portrayed Hypatia as the epitome of “vulnerable truth and beauty”.

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Deakin’s information is exceptionally factual and perfectly presented. Retrieved 3 November There was a woman at Alexandria named Hypatia, daughter of the philosopher Theon, who made such attainments in literature and science, as to far surpass all the philosophers of her own time.

To ask other readers questions about Hypatia of Alexandriaplease sign up. I understand there aren’t many primary sources, but if that’s the case, then maybe a book with the occasional reference isn’t the best option? 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.

Although she herself was a paganshe was tolerant towards Christians and taught many Christian students, including Synesiusthe future bishop of Ptolemais. 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 would have actually been a relatively rare occurrence for any woman who was not devoted to a life of celibacy.


Jan 17, Timothy Finucane rated it really liked it. I appreciate though, that there is not a lot of conjecture here. As I’m currently doing research on Hypatia, this is my primary go to for information.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Hypatia was a Neoplatonist, [18] but, like her father, she rejected the teachings of Iamblichus and instead embraced the original Neoplatonism formulated by Plotinus. Hardcoverpages. For example, Kathleen Wider proposes that the murder of Hypatia marked the end of Classical antiquity[] and Stephen Greenblatt observes that her murder “effectively marked the downfall of Alexandrian intellectual life”.

Nov 11, Autumn Skye rated it it was ok Shelves: For other uses, see Hypatia disambiguation. In the intro he stats that he wanted to write a book about Hypatia and math for the layman, so anyone could have a chance to know about her. 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.

Hjpatia early eighteenth-century Deist scholar John Toland used the murder of Hypatia as the basis for the anti-Catholic tract, Hypatia: I wanted to like this book and for it to be everything I was looking for, but it can’t. Good content, poor presentation. Jul 11, Gabrielle Birkman rated it it was amazing. In another letter, Synesius requests Hypatia to construct him a “hydroscope”, a device now known as a hydrometerto determine the density or specific gravity of liquids.

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