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Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

Author: Margot Lee Shetterly
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017] ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Illustrated editionView all editions and formats
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"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.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Margot Lee Shetterly
ISBN: 9780062798954 0062798952
OCLC Number: 1007529471
Notes: Includes P.S. insights, interviews, and more.
Description: xxii, 348, 14 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: A door opens --
Mobilization --
Past is prologue --
The double V --
Manifest destiny --
War birds --
The duration --
Those who move forward --
Breaking barriers --
Home by the sea --
The area rule --
Serendipity --
Turbulence --
Angle of attack --
Young, gifted, and black --
What a difference a day makes --
Outer space --
With all deliberate speed --
Model behavior --
Degrees of freedom --
Out of the past, the future --
America is for everybody --
To boldly go.
Responsibility: Margot Lee Shetterly.

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"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."--Publisher's description

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