Thursday, January 8, 2009

Remembering Hypatia

Author Brian Trent recently released a novel based on the life of Hypatia titled, Remembering Hypatia. Until recently, I had never heard of Hypatia, but now that I have, I'd like for you to hear about her story, too.

Hypatia was a Greek mathematician and astronomer, a woman who believed in reason and logic in an age of rampant mysticism. Born in Greek Egypt, she was the daughter of Theon Alexandricus, who was the last known mathemetician at the library of Alexandria. Her accomplishments include compiling celestial maps, writing The Astronomical Canon, and possibly creating the hydrometer. It is also suggested that Hypatia created the astrolabe.

In 415 A.D., Hypatia was taken by force by Christian monks to Caesareum in Alexandria, where she was cut to pieces by oyster shells, and subsequently incinerated. Jealousy, rage, whatever the case may have been, Christianity once again raised its ugly head to silence the voice of reason and curiosity. Her death marked the beginning of the Dark Ages, and the search for knowledge took a nosedive for the next 600 years.

You can read about Hypatia's story here, here, and here. Click here to learn more about Remembering Hypatia.

Thank you to Brian Trent for giving this great woman well-deserved, long overdue recognition by the rest of us who seek truth and knowledge.

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