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The Resource Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race, Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race, Margot Lee Shetterly

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Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
Title
Hidden figures
Title remainder
the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
Statement of responsibility
Margot Lee Shetterly
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Author
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Language
eng
Summary
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
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Shetterly, Margot Lee
Dewey number
510.92/520973
Index
index present
LC call number
QA27.5
LC item number
.L44 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • United States
  • Women mathematicians
  • African American women
  • African American mathematicians
  • Space race
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Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race, Margot Lee Shetterly
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Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-328) and index
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volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First William Morrow paperback edition.
Extent
xviii, 346, 14 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780062677280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1003490149
  • (OCoLC)1003490149
Label
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race, Margot Lee Shetterly
Publication
Copyright
Note
Includes reading group guide
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [319]-328) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First William Morrow paperback edition.
Extent
xviii, 346, 14 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780062677280
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • on1003490149
  • (OCoLC)1003490149

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