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 Author Margot Lee Shetterly
ISBN-10 0062363603
ISBN-13 9780062363602
Year 2016-12-06
Pages 368
Language English
Publisher William Morrow Paperbacks
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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 Americas greatest achievements in space Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P Henson Octavia Spencer Janelle Monae Kirsten 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 Souths segregated public schools they were called into service during the labor shortages of World War II when Americas 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 Sams call moving to Hampton Virginia and the fascinating high energy world of the Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory Even as Virginias Jim Crow laws required them to be segregated from their white counterparts the women of Langleys 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 NASAs 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 countrys future

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