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Hidden Figures, Young Readers' Edition: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space

Hidden Figures, Young Readers' Edition: The Untold True Story of Four African American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation Into Space
 

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them from their white counterparts despite their groundbreaking successes.

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ISBN 9780062662378
Barcode 9780062662378
Published 29 November 2016 by HarperCollins
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Shetterly, Margot Lee
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ISBN-13 9780062662378
ISBN-10 0062662376
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher HarperCollins
Imprint HarperCollins
Publication Date 29 November 2016
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Shetterly, Margot Lee
Category History
Mathematics
Science
Human Geography / Peoples Of The World
Number of Pages 240
Dimensions Width: 130mm
Height: 191mm
Spine: 20mm
Weight 227g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
Library of Congress United States, Women, African American women, African Americans, Space race
NBS Text Children's General Non-Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code B
Catalogue Code 731175

Description of this Book

Now in a special new edition perfect for young readers, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Soon to be a major motion picture.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, four African-American women 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The perfect impetus for discussion on a host of important historical themes germane to the 1950s, such as gender roles, racial prejudice and segregation, and scientific exploration... Middle-schoolers will find their story, here in a young readers' edition of Shetterly's 2016 adult book, engaging and inspirational. --Booklist

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Author's Bio

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.

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