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This piece is named for Hypatia (370 AD - 415 AD), the most well-known female scholar of ancient times. The daughter of Theon, Hypatia was a beloved teacher, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer of the time and head of the Platonist school of Alexandria. Although none of her work survived, her commentaries on Diophantus's "Arithmetica," Apollonius's "Conics" and Ptolemy's astronomical works were carried down through her students. She also invented early astronomical and mechanical devices such as the planar astrolabe and the hydroscope.
Dialogue with Hypatia