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• Hypatia of Alexandria was born in Alexandria, Egypt, around 370AD and lived
until 415 AD.

• A scholar, the first recognized women mathematician, astronomer and a


• A commenter on the works of earlier Greek mathematicians such as Ptolemy,

Archimedes, Apollonius, Diophantus and Pappus
 the daughter of a mathematician and

philosopher Theon

 She believed in the theories of Plato and Aristotle and

the philosophy of Neoplatonism.

 A charismatic teacher at the Library of Alexandria

 Married to Isidorous of Alexandria a philosopher


• According to contemporary
sources, Hypatia was murdered by
a Christian mob or by Christian
zealots after being accused of
exacerbating a conflict between
two prominent figures in
Major accomplishments

• She wrote a commentary on the 13th volume of the famous Greek

mathematics textbook, Diophantus’s of Arithmetica. (a founder of
modern algebra)

• She edited Ptolemy's famous astronomical works the 'Almagest'.

• She also made a commentary on a famous work on Conics by

• Apollonius of Perga lived in the third century before the common era
and studied in Alexandria.
• The names of the curves parabola, ellipse, and hyperbola are his
Apollonius' work influenced Ptolemy in his studies of planetary orbits,
Descartes and Fermat in the 17th century in their development of
analytical geometry.
• Hypatia gave to the elucidation and preservation of the works of
Apollonius may have had far reaching consequences.
• The use of the Conics in astronomy and Apollonius' connection to
Alexandria are arguments for Hypatia's involvement with
commentaries on the Conics.
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