#WomenInSTEMWednesday: Hypatia


Every week I look forward to#WomenInSTEMWednesday and this week is no different. This time, we are going WAY back in time to the late 300s and early 400s.

Hypatia is considered one of the first women to study and teach mathematics, philosophy and astronomy. She was taught by her father, Theon, who was considered to be one of the most educated men in Alexandria, Egypt.

Although she did lots of work with her father in many of the math and science fields, she was more well known for her work in mathematical conic sections (diving cones into different parts by a plane). This work eventually developed into the ideas of hyperbolas, parabola, and ellipses. Hypatia edited “On the Conic of Apollonius” making the work easier to understand and allowing it to continue through many centuries.

Even though she was killed by a mob during turbulent times in Alexandria, her work lived on. Descartes, Newton and Leibniz expanded on her work later. She is considered a woman of great knowledge, extraordinary accomplished, and a great teacher of her time.

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