Re: PSYCH: Women and Math

From: Ross A. Finlayson (
Date: Wed Feb 28 2001 - 10:08:49 MST

When I took science and math classes, in high school, there were girls in the
highest math and chemistry classes, and with the best grade point averages, but
not physics. It was mostly boys in my classes because they were the most
difficult classes to take concurrently, a couple guys had independent study, but
most people were in the regular college preparatory classes. There was a girl in
the lower physics class who was well-liked, half the teachers were women. Yo
Gibbs! Heh heh heh.

We talked about the kinds of stories you mention here, but not in the science and
math classes.


Anders Sandberg wrote:

> "Barbara Lamar" <> writes:
> > 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.
> I think the science part of this sordid affair was not the deciding
> factor, more likely it had to do with the power balance of
> Alexandria. Hypatia represented the still noticeable power of the
> Seraphinum/Library, a stronghold of paganism. The newly appointed
> archbishop Cyril got into a row with the prefect Orestes, who was a
> friend of Hypatia. After her murder it became easier to shut down the
> Seraphinum, and Cyril went on to become St. Cyril. Her murder served
> more political interests than any form of luddism, although some of
> the bishops evidently disliked her research as being ungodly.
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