[A Pedagogy of Gaia] “Of Fathers and Daughters and Numbers and Stars” by Bart Everson

Humanistic Paganism

In honor of Hypatia Day

One of the favorite books my family has discovered in recent years is Of Numbers and Stars (2006, Holiday House). It’s a picture book about Hypatia. I’ve read it to my daughter a dozen times at least, starting when she was five. Now she’s seven. She read it to herself the other night.

2PgSpread_NumOfStars-2I asked my daughter what she thought was the most important element of the story, and she cited the unusual freedoms that Hypatia enjoyed. At a time when most girls weren’t allowed to do such things, Hypatia rode a horse through the streets of Alexandria. She was also educated in mathematics, science, and philosophy, but I think the horse made the biggest impression on my daughter.

In all these things, Hypatia was encouraged by her father, Theon of Alexandria. He was a scholar, noted for his work in mathematics and astronomy. Though…

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~ by Sable Aradia on March 15, 2015.

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