7 Responses to “Hypatia”

  1. Hugsie Muffinball

    “first female mathematician in recorded history.”

    What of Lady Theano? Wife and protege of Pythagoras who lead her own Pythagorean sect following his death. Check out The Loom of God by Pickover. It’s an entertaining read reminiscent of the Carrollinian interlude chapters of Godel, Escher, Bach.

  2. Saevael

    I like her very much. Did you know that she may be the same person as saint Catherine? Hypatia’s second name was Catherine and she had a lot of respect for Christian religion. A lot of interesting thing about her is in “Hypatia of Alexandria” by Maria Dzielska. Also Rabi’a al-‘Adawiyya is very interesting woman, muslim saint and feminist.

  3. Koldobika2020

    Muslims don’t have saints. I mean in the sense that that’s not something they do. They don’t canonize their famous religious figures as it’s seen as being too similar to idolatry, which is prohibited on the fundamental level. Christians don’t consider canonization as idolatry but muslims do. And you can’t be a “saint” unless you’ve been canonized/elevated by one of the top figureheads in you religion. For muslims that goes Allah->Mohammad->The Caliphate and I don’t think Islam has had anything resembling a Caliph since 1924. Since the fall of the Ottoman Empire (one of the most unifying forces that Islam has ever seen) there has been too much infighting between different sects for another Caliph to be possible. And Caliphs weren’t in the business of canonization anyway.

  4. esmeralda

    wow WOW she was awesome she should have had a happy ending

  5. Micheleh

    Yeah, he mentioned it in the article.

  6. April

    Some christians do see canonization as idolatry; depends on the sect.