The clash between science and religion!

Hypatia a female philosopher

The clash between science and religion! 

Back in the 4th century, A lady Greek Neoplatonist philosopher, astronomer, and mathematician, who lived in Alexandria, Egypt, then part of the Eastern Roman Empire. She was a prominent thinker of the Neoplatonic school in Alexandria where she taught philosophy and astronomy. She was far ahead of her time. She taught in the Alexandria library. She presented the concept of Earth rotation around the sun.

Due to lack of knowledge and ignorance, Her research work was called witchcraft and brutally killed by religious members.

Her name was Hypatia. 

Born: 360 AD, Alexandria, Egypt

Died: March 415 AD, Alexandria, Egypt

Parents: Theon of Alexandria

School: Neoplatonism

Era: Ancient philosophy

Main interests: Mathematics; Astronomy

She was the daughter of Theon of Alexandria, himself a mathematician and astronomer, and the last attested member of the Alexandrian Library. Theon is best remembered for the part he played in the preservation of Euclid’s Elements, but he also wrote extensively, commenting on Ptolemy’s Almagest and Handy Tables.

Research Work

Hypatia's studies included astronomy, astrology, and mathematics. References in letters by Synesius, one of Hypatia's students, credit Hypatia with the invention of the astrolabe, a device used in studying astronomy. However, other sources date this instrument back at least a century earlier.
Hypatia wrote a commentary on Diophantus's thirteen-volume Arithmetica, which had been written sometime around the year 250 AD. It set out more than 100 mathematical problems, for which solutions are proposed using algebra
 She continued his program, which was essentially a determined effort to preserve the Greek mathematical and astronomical heritage in extremely difficult times.

Hypatia Death

With the deaths of Synesius and Theophilus and the accession of Cyril to the bishopric of Alexandria, however, this climate of tolerance lapsed, and shortly afterward she became the victim of a particularly brutal murder at the hands of a gang of Christian.



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