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Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
 

Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Shetterly, Margot Lee

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The #1 New York Times bestsellerThe phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirst...en Dunst, and Kevin Costner. Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as human computers used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II, when America's aeronautics industry was in dire need of anyone who had the right stuff. Suddenly, these overlooked math whizzes had a shot at jobs worthy of their skills, and they answered Uncle Sam's call, moving to Hampton, Virginia and the fascinating, high-energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory. Even as Virginia's Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts, the women of Langley's all-black West Computing group helped America achieve one of the things it desired most: a decisive victory over the Soviet Union in the Cold War, and complete domination of the heavens. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future.
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ISBN 9780062677280
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9780062677280
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-14 working days
Publisher William Morrow & Company
Imprint William Morrow & Company
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shetterly, Margot Lee
Category World History: From C 1900 -
American History
American history: from c 1900 -
Black studies
History of Mathematics
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Space Science
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 132mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 23mm
Dewey Code B
Weight 299g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress African American women, United States - Officials and employees, Space race, Women mathematicians - United States, African American mathematicians
NBS Text Regional History
ONIX Text General/trade

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