After some reviewing and stewing, I'm relatively satisfied as to the quality of the information, some of the fundamental post info is consistent, as is their disclaimer with it.
I'm not that sure on rational tho', am still rethinking the teacher idealist proposition, her teaching reference is repeated again and again, and we have the work of some of her students about her. Her sheer popularity, the love that people had for her..http://www-groups.dcs.st-and.ac.uk/~his ... patia.html
Hypatia of Alexandria was the first woman to make a substantial contribution to the development of mathematics.
Hypatia was the daughter of the mathematician and philosopher Theon of Alexandria and it is fairly certain that she studied mathematics under the guidance and instruction of her father. It is rather remarkable that Hypatia became head of the Platonist school at Alexandria in about 400 AD. There she lectured on mathematics and philosophy, in particular teaching the philosophy of Neoplatonism. Hypatia based her teachings on those of Plotinus, the founder of Neoplatonism, and Iamblichus who was a developer of Neoplatonism around 300 AD
Hypatia keeps being referred to as a teacher, her passion was learning, but she was a teacher.
This is where I am stuck, if rational, what of the teaching? We know idealists have an intense passion for learning, and "all rounders"...and the teachers are hardwired for it..the thing that has me a little tossed is this:
-She was very much loved
-Idealists can be the folks that are very much loved and endeared to people..
-Idealists OF COURSE love rationals, how can we not..
-But for multitudes to love rationals? (Sorry if that offends any rationals, think of this as Law of Goodrum Logic of Figuring out What Does Not Fit Here..)
-Hypatia's father really taught her and encouraged her, so that is excellent grounding...a passion was astronomy, some of her work was mathematics, she possibly invented some things....but she taught
My first response about Hypatia's temperament was rational...but so well loved, to the point of instilling fear and envy within "some" of the more zealot christians, they murdered her. To cause such response of adulation, respect and reverence...how she interacted with her students, the people...I'm thinking teacher idealist...I think it's played out like Jesus. She really made a huge impact, and her torture and murder stuck in people's minds...
She is described by all commentators as a charismatic teacher
Heath writes, :-
... by her eloquence and authority ... attained such influence that Christianity considered itself threatened
What certainly seems indisputable is that she was murdered by Christians who felt threatened by her scholarship, learning, and depth of scientific knowledge. This event seems to be a turning point as described in :-
Whatever the precise motivation for the murder, the departure soon afterward of many scholars marked the beginning of the decline of Alexandria as a major centre of ancient learning
Remember her background, she was very bright and encouraged by her learned father, her passion was nutured and developed for learning, "learning"...this:
There is no evidence that Hypatia undertook original mathematical research. However she assisted her father Theon of Alexandria in writing his eleven part commentary on Ptolemy's Almagest. It is also thought that she also assisted her father in producing a new version of Euclid's Elements which has become the basis for all later editions of Euclid
In addition to the joint work with her father, we are informed by Suidas that Hypatia wrote commentaries on Diophantus's Arithmetica, on Apollonius's Conics and on Ptolemy's astronomical works. The passage in Suidas is far from clear and most historians doubt that Hypatia wrote any commentaries on Ptolemy other than the works which she composed jointly with her father
All Hypatia's work is lost except for its titles and some references to it. However no purely philosophical work is known, only work in mathematics and astronomy. Based on this small amount of evidence Deakin, in  and , argues that Hypatia was an excellent compiler, editor, and preserver of earlier mathematical works.
As mentioned above, some letters of Synesius to Hypatia exist. These ask her advice on the construction of an astrolabe and a hydroscope.
Charles Kingsley (best known as the author of The Water Babies) made her the heroine of one of his novels Hypatia, or New Foes with an Old Face. As Kramer writes in :-
Such works have perpetuated the legend that she was not only intellectual but also beautiful, eloquent, and modest
I think the point I am trying to make is that unless inventors makes great teachers, unless fieldmarshals make not only great teachers BUT endear themselves into hearts and minds of students...
I'm thinking idealist. The inspirers. Possibly a teacher idealist.
Fair or reasonable reasoning?