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Hypatia's Math: A Play (2016)
Daniel S. Helman

This play about the life of the ancient Greek mathematician Hypatia features music, dance, and the ghost of Hypatia herself. It was first performed in 2016 at the Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy in Flagstaff, AZ. The script (along with notes regarding the process by which it was written) were later published in the January 2024 issue of The Journal of Humanistic Mathematics. Thanks to Allan Goldberg for bringing it to my attention.

Daniel S. Helman, "Hypatia's Math: A Play," Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 14 Issue 1 (January 2024), pages 339-390. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.TGTB9022. Available at:

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GenreHistorical Fiction, Fantasy,
MotifReal Mathematicians, Female Mathematicians,

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