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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Sep 25, Paulina rated it liked it Shelves: This fictional portrait of Hypatia by Jules Maurice Gaspard, originally the illustration for Elbert Hubbard ‘s fictional biography, has now become, by far, the most iconic and widely reproduced image of her.

Hypatia has been described as a universal genius[] but she was probably more of a teacher and commentator than an innovator. February”The life and death of Hypatia”, Metascience18 1: This guy missed a great opportunity to examine a fascinating woman. Open Preview See a Problem?

Southern Illinois University Press. Summer”The Beauty of Reasoning: This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A.B. Deakin

Overall, if you are not put of by more scholarly writing this is a good book to understand a little bit about who Hypatia was, and the affect she had on the culture and conditions in which she lived. The investigation resulted in the emperors Honorius mathematiian Theodosius II issuing an edict in autumn ofwhich attempted to remove the parabalani from Cyril’s power and instead place them under the authority of Orestes.

Hypatia’s death was similar to those of Christian martyrs in Alexandria, who had been dragged through the streets during the Decian persecution in Osen relied on it as her main source in her influential biographical article about Hypatia in her book Women in Mathematicspublished by the MIT Press in That is exactly what amd author does, and really it is aand too much. He evaluates the sources, her death and her mathematics.

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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. 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 that tore apart the city that had once been the shining beacon of the academic world.


The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Apr 18, Doris Raines rated it really liked it Shelves: In nineteenth century European literary authors spun the legend of Hypatia as part of neo-Hellenisma movement that romanticised ancient Greeks and their values.

Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. This book is probably better than just OK, but that’s my mood at the moment. 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. I enjoy the occasional biography and heavier reading in my life, but in comparison to other biographies, this seemed weakly constructed and unprofessional.

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”.

Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

mathemativian In the nineteenth century, European literature, especially Charles Kingsley ‘s novel Hypatiaromanticized her as “the last of the Hellenes “. Hypatia [a] born ajd. Aug 08, Judy rated it it was ok. We may well imagine that the conservation and transmission of knowledge was a matter of passionate concern for her 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.

Women writers in classical Greece and Rome. In the intro he stats that he wanted to write a book about Hypatia and math for mxthematician layman, so anyone could have a chance to know about her Ugh, I tried so hard to finish this book, and I only got 3 chapters in. Timeline of ancient Greek mathematicians.

Deakin supplies concise summaries of philosophical, religious, and mathematical concepts without going into mind-bogging detail. Mar 30, Tanya rated it it was ok Shelves: Taken together, they give a fuller picture than either alone.


Maryann rated it liked it Dec 21, In the intro he stats that he wanted to write a book about Hypatia and math for the layman, nad anyone could have a chance to know about her. In Hypatia of AlexandriaDeakin does an excellent job of creating a complete picture of this remarkable mathematician for whom the historical records are scarce and hyoatia.

Hypatia’s death shocked the empire and transformed her into a ” martyr for philosophy”, leading future Neoplatonists such as Damascius to become increasingly fervent in their opposition to Christianity. 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.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dec 05, Karin Gastreich rated it really liked it Shelves: Many modern scholars also believe that Aand may have edited the surviving text of Ptolemy ‘s Almagestbased on the title of her mathematidian Theon ‘s commentary on Book III of the Almagest.

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 – mathematciian Michael Deakin mathemztician does 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.

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. Office of the “Ave Maria”, pp. And the governor of the city honoured her exceedingly; for she had beguiled him through her magic. Though renowned throughout Alexandria for her exceeding beauty, public teaching, and virtuous life, she was targeted for murder by a Christian mob.

Really difficult to get through. Feb 04, Robin Rivers rated it it was amazing Shelves: