The uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller
This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now 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, 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.
About the Author
Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for her research on women in computing. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Setting the Scene 5
Chapter 2 A Door Opens 10
Chapter 3 Mobilization 18
Chapter 4 A New Beginning 26
Chapter 5 The Double V 30
Chapter 6 The "Colored" Computers 37
Chapter 7 War Birds 48
Chapter 8 The Duration 58
Chapter 9 Breaking Barriers 65
Chapter 10 No Limits 76
Chapter 11 The Area Rule 86
Chapter 12 An Exceptional Mind 93
Chapter 13 Turbulence 102
Chapter 14 Progress 110
Chapter 15 Young, Gifted, and Black 122
Chapter 16 What a Difference a Day Makes 132
Chapter 17 Writing the Textbook on Space 140
Chapter 18 With All Deliberate Speed 145
Chapter 19 Model Behavior 153
Chapter 20 Degrees of Freedom 160
Chapter 21 Out of the Past, the Future 173
Chapter 22 America Is for Everybody 185
Chapter 23 One Small Step 194
Source Notes 207
Further Reading 217
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Thank you for this truly enlightening story! I love these self confident, smart ladies who rose above the racism and sexism of the times with such grace and intelligence.
A fascinating account of the role that black female mathematicians played in the space race, and in helping to build the United States's aeronautics industry from WWII to the present. Full of personal detail and amusing historical factoids--who knew that Dr. King was a huge Trekkie? certainly not me--anyone who enjoyed the movie adaptation of HIDDEN FIGURES would do well to check out the book.
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