Of Numbers and Stars: The Story of Hypatia

by D. Anne Love and Pamela Paparone

Born in Alexandria in the fourth century CE, Hypatia was one of the few girls of... read more

Born in Alexandria in the fourth century CE, Hypatia was one of the few girls of her time to receive an education in a wide range of subjects typically reserved for boys and men. She became a respected philosopher who wrote books explaining the works of other scholars, as well as a teacher of her own students. This accessible picture book biography focuses on Hypatia’s extraordinary accomplishments and legacy as a scholar in both its text and striking acrylic illustrations. An author’s note covers the details of her murder around the year 412, the reason for which is still debated today. Whether she was killed for her refusal to practice Christianity or for political reasons is unknown, but her contributions to the fields of math and philosophy are a certainty. (Ages 6–9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2007

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