All listings for this product
About this product
- DescriptionIn the late fourth and early fifth centuries of our era, Hypatia of Alexandria was the world's greatest living mathematician and astromer. A strikingly beautiful woman and a devoted celibate, she lived in a city as turbulent and troubled as Baghdad or Beirut is today. She achieved fame t only in her special field, but also as a philosopher, religious thinker, and teacher who attracted a large popular following. Her life ended tragically in violence at the hands of a rampaging mob of Christian fanatics, who killed her for her pagan beliefs, some say at the instigation of St. Cyril of Alexandria. This is the first biography of Hypatia to integrate all aspects of her life. Mathematician Michael Deakin emphasises that, though she was a philosopher, she was first and foremost a mathematician and astromer of great accomplishment. In a fascinating narrative that brings to life a richly diverse ancient society, he describes her work so that the mathematics, presented in straightforward terms, finds its true place in the context of her life as a whole. Deakin supplies full detail on the historical, intellectual, and religious context of Hypatia's times. He also analyses the pattern of her life and thought, and finally gives an account of the events leading up to her lynch-mob execution. Although this outrageous crime has made Hypatia a powerful symbol of intellectual freedom and feminist aspiration to this day, Deakin makes clear that the important intellectual contributions of her life's work should t be overshadowed by her tragic death.
- Author BiographyMichael A. B. Deakin (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia) is an honorary research fellow and formerly a senior lecturer in the School of Mathematical Sciences of Monash University.
- Author(s)Michael Deakin
- PublisherPrometheus Books
- Date of Publication01/05/2007
- SubjectBiography: Historical, Political & Military
- Place of PublicationAmherst
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPrometheus Books
- Content Noteb/w illus
- Weight386 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine20 mm
Most relevant reviews
- remarkableboy19 Feb, 2012by
Read this book.
If you have an interest in the history of Alexandria this book should definitely be in your collection. History does repeat itself unfortunately the length of the cycle sometimes hides the repetition from the masses and we know nothing of it . Until the small slither of the past reaches out thru some media and piques the curiosity of an inquisitive mind which then pursues the matter and the tale is told , the pattern reveals and with a little luck a great lesson learnt .
Best-selling in Textbooks
Save on Textbooks
- AU $24.68Trending at AU $42.56
- AU $78.00Trending at AU $87.92
- AU $72.90Trending at AU $73.76
- AU $71.88Trending at AU $73.54
- AU $82.89Trending at AU $85.42
- AU $72.90Trending at AU $79.41
- AU $34.71Trending at AU $42.64