Hypatia Alexandrian Mathematics 405-2015
Through this brand new exhibit, the Museum of Calculation Mateureka aims to remember and honour Hypatia of Alexandria, the first woman mathematician who has become a symbol of freedom of thought, 1600 years after her death.
The exhibit presents Hypatia’s contribution as a mathematician and the works she analyzed, such as “Elements” (300 BC) by Euclid, “The Conics” (about 220 BC) by Apollonius, “The Almagest” (150 AD) by Ptolemy, the Ptolemaic Model and “Arithmetica” (250 AD) by Diophantus.
Among the tools Hypatia described, there is an armillary sphere and a beautiful astrolabe.
In the exhibition panels, an overview on The School of Athens, the Alexandrian Age, the bond between Hypatia and her father Theon is presented, while in the multimedia stations it is possible to watch videos on Hypatia’s life, the Greek Mathematics and the city of Alexandria, with its library and its lighthouse (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World).
In addition to a rich bibliography on Hypatia, the exhibit also shows several in-depth studies about other women mathematicians and focuses on the role of scientist women.
On Saturdays and Sundays, 10.00 - 12.30 am 3.00 - 6.00 pm
July and August: open daily 10.00 - 12.30 am 3.00 - 6.00 pm
€ 5,00 (access to the exhibition and to Mateureka Museum)
Entrance fee payable
- from 04/04/2015 to 30/08/2015