Hypatia

Today is the first time I hear this name, maybe you already know things about her because I can see that a lot of fiction books talk about her. I was just reading this article and I was kind of shocked and I wanted to find out more about her.

 She is the earliest female mathematician of whose life and work reasonably detailed knowledge exists.

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It is so sad that there is not too much exact information about her, but I start to love her as I read on. Now I think I consider her to be one of the first science woman (especially a mathematician). She wrote a commentary on ‘Arithmetica’ by Diophantus and on Euclid’s ‘Elements’, which means that she new a lot and was interested about these. She seemed to be interested in number theory and conic sections. Unfortunately no work of her exists today, the only things that we know about her are from others.

The sad story is that she was caught between science and religion. And I sad to hear that she is another victim of those times. At some point she was the symbol of learning and science, but unfortunately the early Christians identified this as paganism. So, her death is brutal; it makes you feel horrified by the methods they used then and shows us how brutal humanity can be with things that they don’t understand completely (more about her death ).

In commemoration to her there is also a journal called ‘Hypatia’, published by Indiana University (project) :

Hypatia is the only journal for scholarly research at the intersection of philosophy and women’s studies and is a leader in reclaiming the work of women philosophers. It is an indispensable tool for anyone interested in the rapidly expanding and developing scholarship in feminist philosophy and provides the best single access to the latest research.

Also in commemoration (article):

Hypatia lives on forever, sitting serenely on the Moon by the shores of Sinus Asperitatis, located between Mare Tranquillitatis and Mare Nectaris.

There are two features named for Hypatia, an irregular crater and a system of rills. The crater is medium sized, measuring 41km x 28km, and is located 4.3°S and 22.6°E of the meridian. Rimae Hypatia is located north of the crater, just one degree south of the equator, and is 180km long.

The crater named for Hypatia’s father, Theon Junion, is located northwest of the Hypatian features at 2.3°S, 15.8°E. It is a circular crater and prominent at 18.6km in diameter and 3,580 meters deep, from rim to bottom.

The area where the Hypatian features are located is within 100km south of the Apollo 11 landing site. Best seen a couple of days before the first quarter or a couple of days after the last quarter Moon, the features are visible in a small telescope.

For more about her try wikipedia pagewomenhistoryencyclopedia

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