7 Conic Sections
7.1 The Parabola
INTRODUCTION Hypatia is the first woman in the history of mathematics about whom we have considerable knowledge. Born in 370 C.E. in Alexandria, she was renowned as a mathematician and philosopher. Among her writings is On the Conics of Apollonius, which popularized Apollonius’ (200 B.C.E.) work on curves that can be obtained by intersecting a double-napped cone with a ...