Hypatia: Scientist, Philosopher, and Martyr

It’s Hypatia Day again! We continue to remember and honour you, Lady of Alexandria.

Under Two Trees

“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.”

“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.”

“Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond.”

These are words attributed to Hypatia of Alexandria, considered the first notable woman in mathematics, who also taught philosophy and astronomy. Although she was widely esteemed for her wisdom and ethical virtue in life, she got caught up in political turmoil and was murdered by a ravenous mob of zealots. Her murderers were honoured and their leader made into a saint. Today, as Neos Alexandria celebrates her martyrdom, we strip them off of this false honour, and deliver it to the…

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