H - Hypatia

Posted by Claudia Moser on 10:00 AM in ,

Short and concise
Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.

Who was this straightforward woman?

Hypatia (ca. AD 350–370–March 415) was a Greek Neoplatonist philosopher in Roman Egypt who was the first well-documented woman in mathematics. As head of the Platonist school at Alexandria, she also taught philosophy and astronomy.

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What an interesting woman!She must have been a tough one to study mathematics and assert herself back in a time that was very male dominated.

Better to think wrongly than not at all, eh? Well, that's me in mathematics for sure. hehe! Hmm, on second thought, math always made my mind go blank.

Never heard of her. Thanks!

I have not heard of Hypatia. I'll have to read up on her!

If I remember correctly, there was a movie about her one or two years ago...

Didn't see it, but she sounded like a fascinating person.

I honestly was unfamiliar with Hypatia. Glad to know.

Visiting from the GBE2: Blog On group.

What an interesting choice for H, Claudia. I had heard of her, but forgot. Thanks for (re)introducing us to her.

@Writercat - I am sure she was a tough but fair person
@Talya- thank you!
@Jenn - please do, happy it is interesting
@Karen - I am sure as well
@Misha - never heard of t, if you find more details please let me know
@Linda - welcome!
@Elaine - I do try to add one or two surprises into my challenge :)

Cool illustration. I have never heard of her either. Glad you introduced her here! Now I am intrigued.


@Kathy - so happy whenmy readers find somethinh intriguing!

Absolutely love the quote and she seems like quite a woman!

Love the quote and she seems like quite a woman!

It's great to learn about women who made their mark in the male-dominated world of her time. Good for her!

A woman before her time! The quote is awesome.

Anonymous says:

She look smart! I reserve my right to think, that's for sure. Wouldn't you just love to have a conversation with her! Nice post.

@Am - I am sure she was and I bet conversations with her would be very interesting
@Paula - I couldn't agree more
@Corinne - thank you
@Linda - so true!

Anonymous says:

Thanks for the post! More people should know about this remarkable woman. The movie mentioned earlier is called "Agora." I did a "reel vs. real" series of posts on the movie on my blog, as well as several other posts on Hypatia's life and times.

@Faith - I will look up the movie, thank you for the hint!

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