Hypatia of Alexandria

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Hypatia of Alexandria was a philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer living in the city of Alexandria from 370 A.D to 415 A.D. She wrote several treatises on conic sections and edited her father's work on Ptolemy.

Much of her life is shrouded in mystery with sources not always in agreement and sometimes wildly contradictory, especially as regards the causes of her death. The main source about her life are the etters written by a devoted student.

Hypatia was a pagan who occupied the chair of Neo-Platonic study at Alexandria. She was blamed for a falling out between Cyric and Orestes in the city and was killed by a mob during a riot.

Her works include:

  • A Commentary on the Arithmetica of Diophantus
  • A Commentary on the Conics of Apollonious

See also


The New American Desk Encyclopedia, Penguin Group, 1989

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