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Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 355–415 or 416): Icon of Mathematics in Late Antiquity

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For many centuries, Alexandria in northern Egypt was the city of knowledge. Its foundation by Alexander the Great in 332 BC coincided with a time when Plato and Aristotle were launching their Athenian schools of thought and people were excited by intellectual diversity and discursive science.

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Jaeger, L. (2023). Hypatia of Alexandria (ca. 355–415 or 416): Icon of Mathematics in Late Antiquity. In: Women of Genius in Science . Springer, Cham.

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