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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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He thoroughly covers the social and political climate in A. I have now read this book more than five times. Her fragmented body was then burned. Views Read Edit View history. That is no fault of the author, he did the best he could with the information he had to work with, but there is simply not enough know for certain to fill a book. During the Age of Enlightenmentshe became a symbol of opposition to Catholicism. Articles containing Ancient Greek-language text CS1 maint: Hypatia’s death sent shockwaves throughout the empire; [] [40] for centuries, philosophers had been seen as effectively untouchable during the displays of public violence that sometimes occurred in Roman cities [] and the murder of a female philosopher at the hand of a mob was seen as “profoundly dangerous and destabilizing”.

Part of the allure I think, is that we know so little about it – kind of like Boudicca, another fabulously fierce heroine my daughter will some day know all about. The rest of the Philostorgiusanother Christian historian, who was also a contemporary of Hypatia, states that she excelled her father in mathematics [46] and the lexicographer Hesychius of Alexandria records that, like her father, she was also an extraordinarily talented astronomer.

This is a rather scholarly work, so if you’re looking for some sort of detailed history of Hypatia, this isn’t it. But over all I think he assess’ the sources well and also includes all primary sources as appendixes and gives as good evaluation of Hypatia’s life as possible, with such little information around her surviving.


Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 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.

Office of the “Ave Maria”, pp. Further, his data on the history of Alexandria is exceptionally accurate.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

Maybe one day I will come back to this, cause I do want to view Hypatia from multiple people perspective, but probably not anytime soon. But it is thorough and genuine, so there’s that. Background TextsHarrisburg, Pennsylvania: Deakin supplies concise summaries of philosophical, reli Who would have guessed that the greatest mathematician in the Roman Empire, at one time, was a woman?

The thirty-sixth canon of that council forbade priests to be mathematicians. 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. Deakin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is an honorary research fellow and formerly a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences of Monash University.

Watts, Theon was the head of a school called the “Mouseion”, which was named in emulation of the Hellenistic Mouseion[15] whose membership had ceased in the s AD.

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Rather than integrating the different aspects of her story into Ajd Hypatia of AlexandriaDeakin does an excellent job of creating a complete picture of this remarkable mathematician for whom the historical records are scarce and incomplete.

A martyr for the intellect, one could say. Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasizes that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment.

He mayhematician analyzes the pattern of her life and thought, and finally gives an account of the events leading up to her lynch-mob execution. Deakin lays out his book like a syllabus with discrete chapters and sub-chapters.

Instead, this book attempts to reconstruct the conditions of the time period she is thought to have lived and what we know of her work in mathematics and philosophy. She is known to have written a commentary on Diophantus ‘s thirteen-volume Arithmeticawhich may survive in part, having been interpolated into Diophantus’s original text, and another commentary on Apollonius of Perga ‘s treatise on conic sectionswhich has not survived.


Mathemagician”The life and death of Hypatia”, Metascience18 1: Rhetoric and PowerMatyematician, England: Wensdorf — and S. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The woman and the lyre: See 1 question about Hypatia of Alexandria….

Nov 11, Autumn Skye rated it it was ok Shelves: The lunar crater Hypatia was also named for her, in addition to craters named for 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.

No trivia or quizzes yet. 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.

Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon …. Arete of CyreneAedesiaAsclepigeniaand Theodora of Emesaall of whom lived out similar careers. Retrieved 3 November This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life.

Account Options Sign in. Or the History of a most beautiful, most vertuous, most learned, and every way accomplish’d Lady; who was torn to pieces by the Clergy of Mathematiciab, to gratify the pride, emulation, and cruelty of their Archbishop, commonly, but undeservedly, stiled St. Sarah rated it really liked it Sep 08, 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.

Nothing whatsoever is known about Hypatia’s mother, who is never mentioned in any of the extant sources. I would probably finish this if I came across it in future but can’t find a copy at the moment.