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

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Now in a special new edition perfect for young readers, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.

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. This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, four African-American women who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

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subject_facet African American mathematicians -- Biography, African American women -- Biography, Space race, United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography, Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography
table_of_contents A door opens -- Mobilization -- Past is prologue -- The double V -- Manifest destiny -- War birds -- The duration -- Those who moved forward -- Breaking the 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.
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title Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
title_display Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
title_full 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 / Margot Lee Shetterly, Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the... / Margot Lee Shetterly
title_short Hidden figures :
title_sort hidden figures the american dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
title_sub the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
topic History, Nonfiction, Science, Sociology
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