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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I mean, I really hate it.
I appreciate though, that there is not a lot of conjecture here. Ad 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. I enjoy the occasional biography and heavier reading in my life, but in comparison to other biographies, this seeme After only hearing mention of the hjpatia, I was curious to know more about Hypatia through my own reading instead of just in class and this seemed to be one of the better books on alexandroa subject.
Socrates Scholasticus presents Hypatia’s murder as entirely politically motivated  and makes mathemaician mention of any role that Hypatia’s paganism might have played in her death.
Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasizes that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astronomer of great accomplishment. 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.
Hypatia’s life continues to be fictionalized by authors in many countries and languages.
In the nineteenth century, European literature, especially Charles Kingsley ‘s novel Hypatiaromanticized her as “the last of the Hellenes “.
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 hhypatia, and the author is definitely not gifted – the writing is very stilted, reminiscent of essays I’ve written shame-facedly at the university.
Neoplatonist philosopher and mathematician.
Retrieved 3 November As English translations of the original writings are difficult to acquire, having excerpts and sometimes full accounts proved interesting and very revealing. Deakin’s approach to documenting Hypatia’s history is different from other popular histories that I’ve read. This was a mwrtyr borrow for Excellent source-based examination of the writings detailing Hypatia’s life as well as the assessment of her written works.
Hypatia, a Greek mathematician and philosopher, she surpassed all her contemporaries. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. That is exactly what the author does, and really it is almost too much. A great book well written. The Christian historian Socrates of Constantinoplea contemporary of Hypatia, describes her aand his Ecclesiastical History: Maybe he would have gotten better through out the book, but I doubt it.
This book should have been all that I would want in a book, math I got through calculus in school so I should be able to be able to understand hypztia of right?! Alexandriz ovvero Delle filosofie poema di Diodata Saluzzo Roero. The early eighteenth-century Deist scholar John Toland used the murder of Hypatia as the basis for the anti-Catholic tract, Hypatia: This book is probably better than just OK, but that’s my mood at the moment.
Deakin Snippet view – 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. Either that or we are missing all of the evidence that would support it.
In truth, very little of the book is about Hypatia. 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.
Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A. 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.
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Hypatia is there of mtahematician, and we know what we can. On account of the self-possession and ease of manner which she had acquired in consequence of the cultivation abd her mind, she not infrequently appeared in public alfxandria the presence of the magistrates. But no, the way this author talks to the audience was the most annoying voice that I ever had to read.
Watts, Theon was the head of a school called the “Mouseion”, which was named in emulation of the Hellenistic Mouseion whose membership had ceased in the s AD. 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.
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Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr
I had to purchase a second one because my first became dilapidated from notes, dog ears mathemztician Post Its. Sep 25, Paulina rated it liked it Shelves: He thoroughly covers the social and political climate in A.
In the intro he stats that he wanted to write a book about Hypatia and math for the 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.
I have now read this book more than five times. Could anyone tell me who drew the cover illustration? To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. In doing my original research, for my novel Selene of Alexandria ane, I ran maryyr Professor Deakin and his most useful website where he posted all the primary sources that mentioned Hypatia. Finally, in he published his book and I got to add another resource to my research shelf.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A.B. Deakin
Really difficult to get through. Manchester City Art Galleries. I enjoy the occasional biography and heavier reading in my life, but in comparison to other biographies, this seemed weakly constructed and unprofessional. On the editing of mathematical texts”Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies31 1: