Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

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

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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."-- adapted from publisher website.
Publisher: New York : Harper, 2016
Edition: Young readers' edition
ISBN: 9780062662378
Characteristics: 10 identical volumes in tote bag ; 36 x 45 x 16 cm


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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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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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