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Librarian Murdered by Egyptian Mob

Todd R. Miller | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Todd R. Miller

Many historians view Hypatia's murder as the symbolic death of classical antiquity, the advent of a thousand year period of intellectual darkness, whose eventual coda was the Renaissance.

The First Female Astronomer

Mario Livio | Posted 09.08.2014 | Science
Mario Livio

In 2009 the International Astronomical Union (IAU) held its general assembly in Rio de Janeiro. Of the 2,109 participants, 667 (or 31.6 percent) were women. Indeed, in recent years, the fraction of women among astronomers has been growing continuously. But who is considered to have been the first female astronomer?

The Galileo Affair: Emblematic Or Exceptional?

Matt J. Rossano | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Matt J. Rossano

For many, the Galileo affair was emblematic of Christianity's inherent antagonism towards science and reason. Sadly, the "pattern" theory has a problem.

Ashes From Burning Libraries

Athena Andreadis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Athena Andreadis, Ph.D.

Agora's title names its true core. Agora means "marketplace", but it had a more specific meaning in older Greek: it was the place where people met to discuss ideas.

Philosopher Hypatia: An Inspiration for the Ages

Alex Pattakos | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Alex Pattakos

Even freedom of thought, as Hypatia tragically found out, is sometimes difficult to exercise. Striking a balance between freedom and responsibility is no easy task.

HuffPost Interview: Rachel Weisz and Agora

Marshall Fine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Agora, a film by Alejandro Amenabar, captures a moment of upheaval in the world of Hypatia -- an astronomer and mathematician played by Rachel Weisz.