RE: PSYCH: Women and Math

From: Barbara Lamar (
Date: Tue Feb 27 2001 - 23:21:56 MST

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> From:
> []On Behalf Of J. R. Molloy
> Both Socrates and Descartes would perhaps prefer Hypacia to hold her own,
> since they had better things to think about than holding her own. τΏτ
> I don't suppose Hypacia was asked to hold her own hemlock.

The way I heard it, the Christians scraped Hypatia to death with oyster
shells, because they didn't think a woman should be doing unfeminine things
such as pondering mathematics and philosophy and teaching in a university. I
don't think there's any general agreement about how she was murdered, except
that it was done by Christians who felt threatened by her scientific


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