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Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

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In the late fourth and early fifth centuries of our era, Hypatia of Alexandria was the worlds greatest living mathematician and astronomer. 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. Deakin supplies full detail on the historical, intellectual, and religious context of Hypatias times. 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.

Although this outrageous crime has made Hypatia a powerful symbol of intellectual freedom and feminist aspiration to this day, Deakin makes clear that the important intellectual contributions of her lifes work should not be overshadowed by her tragic death.

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Deakin (mathematics, Monash U.) examines the few primary documents available and from them interprets Hypatia's historical situation, but primarily focuses on her work, which was the motivation for her grisly end. The result, which includes translations of primary documents, makes it much easier to understand why the words of a fifth-century women could cause others to kill her. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

This is the first biography of Hypatia of Alexandria to integrate all aspects of her life emphasizing that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment.

About the Author

Michael A. B. Deakin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an honorary research fellow and formerly a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences of Monash University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781591025207
Author:
Deakin, Michael A. B.
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Deakin, Michael
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Philosophers
Subject:
Mathematicians
Subject:
Scientists - General
Subject:
Hypatia
Subject:
Mathematicians - Egypt
Subject:
Biography-Philosophers
Subject:
Science & Technology
Subject:
biography;hypatia
Publication Date:
20070731
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
9.22x6.14x.93 in. 1.11 lbs.

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