7 Topics in Analytic Geometry
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Planets, asteroids, and some comets revolve around the Sun in elliptical orbits
A Bit of History Hypatia is the first woman in the history of mathematics about whom we have considerable knowledge. Born in Alexandria (circa 370 CE), she was renowned as a mathematician, philosopher, and prophetess. Her life and untimely death at the hands of a fanatical mob are romanticized in an 1853 novel by Charles Kingsley (Hypatia, or New Foes with Old Faces, Chicago: W. B. Conkey, ...