Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr

Michael A. B. Deakin

Hypatia of Alexandria is a name that may not be widely known, but her contributions to mathematics and philosophy cannot be overlooked. In Michael A. B. Deakin’s book, “Hypatia of Alexandria: Mathematician and Martyr,” he delves into the life of this remarkable woman who lived in the 4th century AD. As the daughter of a celebrated mathematician, Hypatia had the best education available and became a respected professor herself. However, her life was cut tragically short when she was brutally murdered by a mob during a period of religious turmoil in Alexandria. Deakin’s book not only sheds light on Hypatia’s intellectual achievements but also on the cultural and religious tensions that ultimately led to her untimely death.