Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly
Book | 2016 | First edition.
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Edition
First edition.
Description
xviii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-328) and index.
Contents
Prologue
Ch.1 A Door Opens
Ch.2 Mobilization
Ch.3 Past Is Prologue
Ch.4 The Double V
Ch.5 Manifest Destiny
Ch.6 War Birds
Ch.7 The Duration
Ch.8 Those Who Move Forward
Ch.9 Breaking Barriers
Ch.10 Home by the Sea
Ch.11 The Area Rule
Ch.12 Serendipity
Ch.13 Turbulence
Ch.14 Angle of Attack
Ch.15 Young, Gifted, and Black
Ch.16 What a Difference a Day Makes
Ch.17 Outer Space
Ch.18 With All Deliberate Speed
Ch.19 Model Behavior
Ch.20 Degrees of Freedom
Ch.21 Out of the Past, the Future
Ch.22 America Is for Everybody
Ch.23 To Boldly Go
Epilogue
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.
18.00 SOC SCI (99-SSC-9) MTH (99-MTH-9)
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