Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

The Untold True Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space

eBook - 2016
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New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterly's book is now available in a 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 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. 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.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: Young readers' edition, First edition
ISBN: 9780062662392
Branch Call Number: 510.92 Le
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations

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I'm not sure that this book truly needs explanation or promotion, but these women are amazing and smart and deserve to have their stories read by everyone. This is the Young Readers' Edition.

African - American women go to work as "human computers" where they use their exceptional mathematical skills to send John Glenn into space and win the Cold War.

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Jun 20, 2017

Really wanted to enjoy this book. Subject was very important and should still be read by young readers, especially girls. However, content seem to be lacking emotional depth for this subject matter. I would still recommend it.

Jun 19, 2017

Interesting and inspiring book for young readers. I highly recommend it for ages 9-14.

Apr 15, 2017

What an interesting and incredible story! I can't wait to see the movie now.

Apr 12, 2017

What an amazing story!

AL_MARYA Feb 08, 2017

An important and inspiring story told, unfortunately, in a relatively uninspired manner.


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Mar 07, 2017

tml387 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 12


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AL_MARYA Feb 08, 2017

The cruelty of racial prejudice was so often accompanied by absurdity, a tangle of arbitrary rules and distinctions that subverted the shared interests of people who had been taught to see themselves as irreconcilably different.


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