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Hidden figures: the untold story of the African-American women who helped win the space race

Hidden figures: the untold story of the African-American women who helped win the space race

Lee Shetterly, Margot, author

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as 'Human Computers', calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these 'colored computers' used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, 'Hidden Figures' interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English.
Published London: William Collins, 2016
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Statement of responsibility: Margot Lee Shetterly
ISBN: 0008201307, 9780008201302
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Physical Description: 1 online resource (384 pages)
Subject: African American mathematicians History 20th century.; Space race.; Women mathematicians United States History 20th century.; United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration Officials and employees History.; Popular Science and Mathematics.