Re: PSYCH: Women and math

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 08:11:12 MST

From: "Barbara Lamar" <>

>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 knowledge.

The way I heard it (form Carl Sagan's COSMOS) it was abalone
shells, and it had more to due with Hypacia's refusals of the local
bishops advances...


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