When I set out to highlight a reknowned female technologist, I did not expect to be disappointed in scholars and writers (and the everyday storytellers who passed on what may be a legend).

I expected to learn more about a great culture, country, and woman who had a profound influence on our world.

How is it that Hypatia came to have great fame if her writings were destroyed or attributed to her father? Is it that her martyrdom, her life, and her accomplishments have been romanticized to the point where fiction looks like research? Or is it that storytelling—the main method of passing on information over centuries— helped some (certainly not all) of her personality, work, and convictions survive to continue educating?

How will we keep future research from becoming tainted and transfigured over time? How can all societies on our planet provide an open-minded atmosphere for learning and teaching? How can individuals document their work so it is not lost to the next generations? Should everyone in the world have a secure blog (or other technology) in which to document their life’s work?

When one sets out to educate, invent, design, produce, etc., is documenting the process and specifications necessary to … [wonder where I was going with this…]

Culture Site: Hypatia Introduction | Technology at the Time | Trends | Astrolabe | Hydroscope | Mathematics | Conclusion | Bibliography


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