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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Neoplatonist philosopher and mathematician. A Personal Voyage relates a heavily fictionalized retelling of Hypatia’s death, which results in the ” Great Library of Alexandria ” being burned by militant Christians. A short read half the book is mathematical equations, though to Deakin’s credit he does add them as appendixes so the book can be read as a whole without them i found his style of writing was very academic and sometimes to brief, given the shortness of the book partly due to the lack of information on Hypatia I think he could’ve expanded a little on the background information he gives.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr
Without beating a dead horse too much, there just is not enough info. You could tell he was very excited about what he was writing about, he just wasn’t very good about putting it into book format. Kingsley’s novel was tremendously popular;   it was translated into several European languages   and remained continuously in print for the rest of the century.
Both Hypatia and her father Theon mathfmatician known as teachers and commentators. Refresh and try again. According to Watts, two main varieties of Neoplatonism were taught in Alexandria mathematicixn the late fourth century. Archived from the original on The early eighteenth-century Deist scholar John Toland used the murder of Hypatia as the basis for the anti-Catholic tract, Hypatia: I was hoping for more historical information regarding the circumstances of her murder at the hands of the early christian church, but again, there i.
Hypatia was a Neoplatonist,  but, like her father, she rejected the teachings of Iamblichus and instead embraced the original Neoplatonism formulated by Plotinus. Deakin’s information is exceptionally factual and perfectly presented. And in those days there appeared in Alexandria a female philosopher, a pagan named Hypatia, and she was devoted at all times to magic, astrolabes and instruments of music, and she beguiled many people through her Satanic wiles.
Neither did she feel abashed in going to an assembly of men. Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp.
According to Socrates Scholasticus, during the Christian season of Lent in Marcha mob of Christians under the leadership of a lector martyg Peter, raided Hypatia’s carriage as she was travelling home. In truth, very little of the book is about Hypatia.
Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr by Michael A.B. Deakin
But he adds one important piece: A Brief History of Civilization pg. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Good content, poor presentation. Deakin lays out his book like a syllabus with discrete chapters and sub-chapters.
This book is probably better than just OK, but that’s my mood at the moment. I had to purchase a second one because my first became dilapidated from notes, dog ears and Post Its.
Nov 11, Autumn Skye rated it it was ok Shelves: Deakin Snippet view – Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. This reputation is either built on myth or hearsay as opposed to evidence. I am looking for the name of the artist for a citation.
This guy missed a great opportunity to examine a fascinating woman. This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life. Mathematician, Philosopher, MythLondon, England: Not recommended for those looking for an martyrr narrative to follow, but might interest those looking for a more scholarly read.
Towards the end of her life, Hypatia advised Orestesthe Roman prefect of Alexandriawho was in the midst of a political feud with Cyrilthe bishop of Alexandria. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
InCyril closed all the synagogues in Alexandria, confiscated all the property mathematicisn to the Jews, hypatla expelled all the Jews from the city. Or, know as much as she can, given how little concrete information we have about either of these women. Oct 06, Paula Koneazny rated it it was ok Shelves: The investigation resulted in the emperors Honorius and 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 life was fascinating, despite us having so scant sources. Retrieved from ” https: