Academic in ancient Greece who taught mathematics, philosophy, and astronomy
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Philosopher and mathematician
A Greek philosopher who was also the first woman to be well-documented in the field of mathematics. She was the head of the Platonist School in Alexandria, where she also taught philosophy and astronomy. Her beliefs encouraged logic and mathematical study in place of empirical inquiry, and strongly enforced the need for governing laws in society. She was eventually killed by a mob after she was accused of exacerbating a political conflict in Alexandria.
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