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HYPATIA

screen-shot-2016-11-30-at-4-57-16-pmThe woman named Hypatia was a notable scholar, teacher and intellectual born around 360 CE and died in March 415 CE.  She is regarded as the world’s first outstanding woman in mathematics and one of the most interesting personalities from the world of antiquity.  In addition to mathematics, she also taught philosophy and astronomy.

Hypatia lived during the time of the Roman domination of Egypt and was killed by a mob fanatical Christians on the streets of Alexandria.  Mathematics has a long and distinquished tradition in Africa and she is said to have belonged to the mathematical tradition passed down to the Greeks of the Academy of Athens.  Hypatia was the daughter of the man named Theon, the last known mathematician associated with the Museum of Alexandria.

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