Introducing Hypatia | Tien Chiu's Blog
I scan Craigslist from time to time, looking for interesting weaving-related items. To my joy, this morning I found an 8-shaft, 22" Leclerc Minerva folding floor loom for sale, cheap. I had been looking for a workshop loom, and this would be perfect! So I ran up to Emeryville at lunchtime, handed over a wad of cash, and took the loom home. And here she is! The big question, of course, was what to name her. My main loom, the AVL Workshop Dobby Loom, is named Sophie, after Sophie Germain, the brilliant French mathematician. (Also after Sophia, goddess of wisdom.) So it seemed only right to name this one after another female mathematician. I considered Emmy (after Emmy Noether), Ada (after Ada Lovelace), and a few other possibilities. (I also toyed with the idea of breaking out of the mathematical mold and naming her Sappho, after the great poet Sappho of Lesbos, whom Plato called "the tenth Muse". Sadly, virtually all of her work was destroyed by the Catholic Church during the Dark