Almost ten years ago, my dearest friend, the writer Leanna Wilson gave me a book called Heroines. As I read the biographies of a number of women whose lives and work were new to me, I came across a brief description of Hypatia of Alexandria who was the foremost female mathematician and astronomer of her time. Intrigued by the story of a woman of such influence whose contributions to scholarship have been virtually lost, I set out to discover as much as I could about her life and work in order to bring her to the attention of modern audiences. My hope is that this book will open yet another new window on the world for young readers.

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