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The Resource Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space, Margot Lee Shetterly

Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space, Margot Lee Shetterly

Label
Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space
Title
Hidden figures
Title remainder
the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space
Statement of responsibility
Margot Lee Shetterly
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or 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 by Jim Crow laws, these "colored computers," as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these "computers," personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. 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 history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world -- and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments
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Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
MZC
Dewey number
  • 510.92/520973
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Intended audience
Ages 8-12
LC call number
QA27.5
LC item number
.L44 2016d
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space, Margot Lee Shetterly
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Setting the scene -- A door opens -- Mobilization -- A new Beginning -- The double V -- The "colored" computers -- War birds -- The duration -- Breaking barriers -- No limits -- The area rule -- An exceptional mind -- Turbulence -- Progress -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Writing the textbook on space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- One small step
Control code
ocn964450826
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
  • Young readers' edition.
  • First edition.
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780062662385
Lccn
2016952958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964450826
Label
Hidden figures : the untold true story of four African-American women who helped launch our nation into space, Margot Lee Shetterly
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 207-216) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Setting the scene -- A door opens -- Mobilization -- A new Beginning -- The double V -- The "colored" computers -- War birds -- The duration -- Breaking barriers -- No limits -- The area rule -- An exceptional mind -- Turbulence -- Progress -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Writing the textbook on space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- One small step
Control code
ocn964450826
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
  • Young readers' edition.
  • First edition.
Extent
231 pages
Isbn
9780062662385
Lccn
2016952958
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)964450826

Library Locations

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