Deakin, , pp. A popular biography of Hypatia would be either uncommonly short or a work of fiction for, like so many of the ancients, the uncontested facts of her life are not sufficient to support much of a tale. There is a great deal of speculation and conjecture about her but remarkably few undisputed facts. The book seems to be an expansion of his article ''Hypatia and her Mathematics'' published in the March, issue of the American Mathematical Monthly Vol. Some say her slaughter was instigated by Saint Cyril, Archbishop of Alexandria.
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This book is probably better than just OK, but that's my mood at the moment. Rather unsatisfying biography of Hypatia. The author uses all sorts of repetition and unnecessary verbiage to expand what amounts to only about 20 pages of material to a page book. The rest of the Hypatia of Alexandria : Mathematician and Martyr.
Michael A. 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. 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. Deakin Melbourne, Victoria, Australia is an honorary research fellow and formerly a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences of Monash University.
The Life and Death of Hypatia
This book is probably better than just OK, but that's my mood at the moment. Rather unsatisfying biography of Hypatia. The author uses all sorts of repetition and unnecessary verbiage to expand what amounts to only about 20 pages of material to a page book. The rest of the Hypatia of Alexandria : Mathematician and Martyr. Michael A. A strikingly beautiful woman and a devoted celibate, she lived in a city as turbulent and troubled as Baghdad or Beirut is today.
Hypatia of Alexandria Mathematician and Martyr
Hypatia [a] born c. She was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy. She is known to have written a commentary on Diophantus 's thirteen-volume Arithmetica , which may survive in part, having been interpolated into Diophantus's original text, and another commentary on Apollonius of Perga 's treatise on conic sections , which has not survived. Many modern scholars also believe that Hypatia may have edited the surviving text of Ptolemy 's Almagest , based on the title of her father Theon 's commentary on Book III of the Almagest. Hypatia is known to have constructed astrolabes and hydrometers , but did not invent either of these, which were both in use long before she was born. Although she herself was a pagan , she was tolerant towards Christians and taught many Christian students, including Synesius , the future bishop of Ptolemais. Ancient sources record that Hypatia was widely beloved by pagans and Christians alike and that she established great influence with the political elite in Alexandria.