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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She achieved fame not only in her special field, but also as a philosopher, religious thinker, and teacher who attracted a large popular following. Kingsley’s novel was tremendously popular;   it was translated into several European languages   and remained continuously in hhypatia for the rest of the century. According to Watts, two main varieties of Neoplatonism were taught in Alexandria during the late fourth century.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr
This is a rather scholarly work, so if you’re looking for some sort of detailed history of Hypatia, this isn’t it. But this is not for your average person. I would probably finish this if I came across it in future but can’t find a copy at the moment.
Thanks for telling us about the problem. An actress, possibly Mary Andersonin the title role of the play Hypatiac. Hypatia was honored as an astronomer when Hypatiaa main belt asteroid discovered inwas named for her. Books by Michael A.
Very mathematical, less Hypatia than expected despite so little knowledge of her. Hypatia was a female scholar, she did make important mathematical and astronomical discoveries, she held a great deal of influence over important male political figures, and she was murdered at the command of a Christian bishop during a religious war ane tore apart the city that had once been the shining beacon of the academic world.
The first word that comes to mind is “disjointed. Who would have guessed that the greatest mathematician in the Roman Empire, at one time, was a woman?
Rather unsatisfying biography of Hypatia. In fact, there is far too little evidence left to produce such a work. I am all for scholarly and academic texts, I read them often.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr – Michael A. B. Deakin – Google Books
Other editions – View all Hypatia of Alexandria: Marion Meade needs to take this biography up and do it justice.
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. Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance ForemothersDordrecht: As I’m currently doing research on Hypatia, this is my primary go to for information. Hypatia”, A Full Moon of Women: Further, his data on the history of Alexandria is exceptionally accurate.
Want to Read saving…. Women writers in classical Greece and Rome. Hypatia also wrote a commentary on Apollonius of Perga ‘s work on conic sections   but this commentary is no longer extant. What we know of her – as an esteemed philosopher, mathematician and astronomer in a time where women had little rights, who has chosen to stay unmarried implicitly to protect these rights – although Michael Deakin certainly doesn’t suggest that, while listing other famous women philosophers and mathematicians as ‘wife of In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource.
Though renowned throughout Alexandria for her exceeding beauty, public teaching, and virtuous life, she was targeted for murder by a Christian mob. Articles containing Ancient Greek-language text CS1 maint: According to Watts, however, Hypatia had no appointed successor, no spouse, and no offspring   and her sudden death not only left her legacy unprotected, but also triggered a backlash against her entire ideology.
Towards the end of her life, Hypatia advised Orestesthe Roman prefect of Alexandriawho was in the midst of a political feud with Cyrilthe bishop of Alexandria. One of Synesius’s letters describes Hypatia as having taught him how to construct a silver plane astrolabe as a gift for an official. I am not sure if many people would like this book – it keeps to the facts and arguments at the expense of a certain kind of panache, and the author is definitely not gifted – the writing is very stilted, reminiscent of essays I’ve written shame-facedly at the university.
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