Black Spirituality Religion : HYPATIA: "MARTYRDOM OF WOMANHOOD"

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    Natural Philosopher (355? - 415 CE)

    She is one of the more romantic figures in science. She was the daughter of Theon, a mathematician who taught at the great school at the Alexandrine Library. She traveled widely and corresponded with people all over the Mediterranean. We know of her only through her letters because all of her work was destroyed when the Great Library of Alexandia was destroyed.

    She taught at the school in the Library in Alexandria, Egypt. Letters written and addressed simply to the philosopher were delivered to her. She taught mathematics and natural philosophy. She is credited with the authorship of three major treatises on geometry and algebra and one on astronomy. She invented several tools: an instrument for distilling water, an instrument to measure the specific gravity of water, an astrolabe and a planisphere.

    She died violently. She was dragged to her death by a mob who pulled her from her classroom into the streets where they peeled her to death with oyster shells.

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    http://www.africa.upenn.edu/K-12/African_Science.html
    8. Beatrice Lumpkin (1988) and Margaret Alic (1986) have both described the life of Hypatia, " For fifteen centuries Hypatia was often considered to be the only female scientist in history. Hypatia is the earliest woman scientist whose life is well documented" (Alic, 1986, p. 41). Lumpkin provides evidence that Hypatia was not Greek and instead was an Egyptian and thus of African origin. It seems that contrary to the customs of Greek women at that time, "Hypatia remained unmarried and moved freely and publicly in her scientific pursuits" (Lumpkin, 1988, p. 155). Hypatia lectured on mathematics, philosophy, physics and astronomy (Lumpkin, 1988). She wrote important treatises on Algebra and Conic sections. Hypatia is credited with designing an astrolabe, a water still, an instrument to measure water level and an hydrometer (Alic, 1986, p. 44). Hypatia refused to convert to Christianity and in 415 A.D. she was murdered brutally by Christian fanatics (Lumpkin, 1988).
     
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    peace to the goddess Fine1952.........

    This was/is a beautiful read.....

    Intelligence borns intelligence!

    Excellent thread, we need too know more about our sheroes!!!!

    It alone will remove our minds from the Western way of thinking.....as those from the west despise the women.....

    P ower and E quality for the A ll C's E verything
     
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    You are way too kind...

    Thanks!

    I well imagine there are many more for me to uncover soon enough...
     
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    Did the Greeks really think black people would be subjugated to a point where we would not wake up one day and realize that every word, thought, deed and concept about their culture was Afrikan borne?
     
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