Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly.
- Other Title:
- American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
- First edition.
- New York, NY : William Morrow, 
xviii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
- United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography.
Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography.
African American women -- Biography.
African American mathematicians -- Biography.
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
African American mathematicians.
African American women.
- Childrens subjects:
- Space race.
- System Details:
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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.
- A door opens
Past is prologue
The double V
Those who move forward
Home by the sea
The area rule
Angle of attack
Young, gifted, and black
What a difference a day makes
With all deliberate speed
Degrees of freedom
Out of the past, the future
America is for everybody
To boldly go.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 319-328) and index.
New York Times Best Seller List.
Coretta Scott King Book Awards - Illustrator, Honor, 2019
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Image Awards Outstanding Literary Work - Nonfiction, Winner, 2017
Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards - Nonfiction, Winner, 2017
Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Awards - Nonfiction , Winner, 2017
- Local notes:
- Athenaeum copy: Schneidman Fund bookplate.
Athenaeum copy: Schneidman Fund bookplate.
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