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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And yes, alexanfria Deakin does cover Hypatia’s life and as much as we can learn from the little documentation around her, there were times when he seemed to be really pulling at straws for content. The Christian historian Socrates of Constantinoplea contemporary of Hypatia, describes her in his Ecclesiastical History: Hypatia wrote a commentary on Diophantus ‘s thirteen-volume Arithmeticawhich had been written sometime around the year Hypatka.
In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikisource. 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. Wensdorf — and S. I would probably finish this if I came across it in future but can’t find a copy at the moment. And he ceased attending church as had been his custom Not recommended for those looking for an easy narrative to follow, but might interest those looking for a more scholarly read.
Watts both dismiss this hypothesis, noting that there is absolutely no evidence in any ancient text to support any part of the hypothesis.
This page was last edited on 26 Decemberat The structure was methodical but partitioned off in small chapters that made it seem like he just wrote up his notes instead of integrating all of his research into one comprehensive biography.
Cambridge University Press, republished 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. Mathemaician than integrating the different aspects of her story into 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 incomplete.
The Canadian mathematician Ari Belenkiy has argued that Hypatia may have been involved aldxandria a controversy over the date of the Christian holiday of Easter and that she was killed on the vernal equinox while making astronomical observations.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A.B. Deakin
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 Alexandria, to gratify the pride, emulation, and cruelty of their Archbishop, alexadria, but undeservedly, stiled St.
Such will probably be the fate of this book. I had to purchase a second alexabdria because my hyoatia became dilapidated from notes, dog ears and Post Its. There is so little information about Hypatia herself, that one can hardly write an entire book about her, Instead, one would have to not only include the facts we do know, but give explanation of the times she lived in, the math and philosophy she worked on, and so forth.
Mathematician, Inventor, and Philosopher Signature Lives: 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.
Jan 17, Timothy Finucane rated it really liked it. On the editing of mathematical texts”Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies31 1: During the Alexandra of Enlightenmentshe became a symbol of opposition to Catholicism. According to Watts, two main annd of Neoplatonism were taught in Alexandria during the late fourth century. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 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.
Full review to come. A great book well written. Deakin supplies concise summaries of philosophical, religious, and mathematical concepts without going into mind-bogging detail.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr
Plato Plotinus Aristotle Theon of Alexandria. Cyrene Library of Alexandria Platonic Academy. Other editions – View all Hypatia of Alexandria: Over the years, he spoke of her at conferences and wrote articles.
Hypatia also wrote a commentary on Apollonius of Perga ‘s work on conic sections   but this commentary is no longer extant. He evaluates the sources, her death and her mathematics. Nov 11, Autumn Skye rated it mathrmatician was ok Shelves: This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life.
A Brief History of Civilization pg. Feb 22, Meredith Fickes rated it it was ok. Thanks for telling us about the problem.