October 18, 2007
The JSTOR database is an archive of important scholarly journals, offering researchers high-resolution, scanned images of journal issues and pages. It now includes 37,094 articles from The American Mathematical Monthly, from 1894 to 2003. The 1994 article "Hypatia and Her Mathematics" by Michael A.B. Deakin ranks as the eighth most frequently accessed Monthly article in the database.
"Hypatia and Her Mathematics"
Michael A.B. Deakin
The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 101, No. 3 (March 1994), pp. 234-243
"The first woman mathematician of whom we have reasonably secure and detailed knowledge is Hypatia of Alexandria. Although there is a considerable amount of material available about her, very much of that is fanciful, tendentious, unreferenced or plain wrong." This article directs the reader's attention to the best accessible sources and describes what is known about her mathematical activities.
The top seven Monthly articles are:
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Access to the JSTOR archive is provided by many college, university, and other libraries. To find out if your library is a JSTOR participant, use one of the following links:
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If your library is not on one of the above lists, look for a nearby library that does have JSTOR access and is open to the public. Members of the MAA have the option of purchasing an individual subscription to JSTOR that gives them access to the archives of The American Mathematical Monthly, Mathematics Magazine, and The College Mathematics Journal.