Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly
In this debut, Shetterly tells the compelling stories of four underappreciated and intelligent African-American women who worked for NASA and helped the United States through the space race. The book follows Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden as they navigated mathematical equations, the space race, and the civil rights movement over three decades of brilliant computing and discoveries.
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Biography. "One of NASA's human 'computers,' Katherine Johnson performed the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight. Her story is depicted in the 2016 movie 'Hidden Figures.'"
Biography. "Mathematician Mary Jackson was one of a small group of African American women who worked as aeronautical engineers, called "human computers," at NASA during the Space Age."
Author's Website. "I'm the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race (William Morrow/HarperCollins). "
"Margot Lee Shetterley’s new book, “Hidden Figures,” tells the story of the African-American female mathematicians employed by NASA and their contributions to the space race, despite the rampant discrimination of the time."