American History Essay

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Works Cited Berggren, J. L. "The Life and Death of Hypatia." Metascience 18.1 (2009): 93-97. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Sept. 2011. Dzielska, Maria. Hypatia of Alexandria. Cambridge, MA: Harvard UP, 1995. 22-23. Print. Killings, S. James. "Was Hypatia of Alexandria a Scientist?." Skeptic 16.2 (2011): 52-54. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Sept. 2011. "THE WORD HYPATIA." New Scientist 177.2385 (2003): 53. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Sept. 2011. Viney, Donald Wayne. "Mathematician and Martyr: A Biography of Hypatia of Alexandria/Hypatia of Alexandria." Midwest Quarterly 38.3 (1997): 341-344. Academic Search Complete. EBSCO. Web. 25 Sept. 2011. A partial list of Hypatia's works: • A commentary on the 13-volume Arithmetica by Diophantus.[18] • A commentary on the Conics of Apollonius.[18] • Edited the existing version of Ptolemy's Almagest.[30] • Edited her father's commentary on Euclid's Elements[31] • She wrote a text "The Astronomical Canon."[18] (Possibly a new edition of Ptolemy's Handy Tables.)[32] Hypatia was a Greek philosopher and mathematician born in Alexandria, Egypt during the 4th century. Although the exact year of her birth is disputed, in her book Hypatia of Alexandria, author Maria Dzielska makes a strong argument for 355 A.D.; however, many sources favor 370 A.D. instead( Dzielska). She was the daughter of Theon, a mathematician and philosopher as well as a noted astronomer and astrologist. Theon was well known throughout for preparing new editions of Euclid’s Elements and Ptolemy’s Syntaris (Berlinghoff 23). In all the existing records found, very little is ever mentioned of her mother. Hypatia studied with her father for many years at the world-renowned Museum in Alexandria. It is written in the ancient encyclopedia Suda that at the age of 31 Hypatia went on to become

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