Women In STEAM Fields

Hypatia

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Philosopher, Astronomer, and Mathematician. She wrote commentaries and reshaped great scientific and mathematical works to make them more understandable for her students. She edited Book III of Ptolemy's Almagest, improving on his method for the long division algorithms needed for astronomical computation. She wrote a commentary on Diophantus's thirteen-volume Arithmetica, setting out more than 100 mathematical problems, for which solutions are proposed using algebra. She also wrote a commentary on Apollonius of Perga's work on conic sections. More…