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Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly.

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  • 20 of 37 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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APLS-Decatur 510.92 SHE HID (Text) 34207002030014 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Benton County Public Library - Fowler 510.92 SHE (Text) 34044000904274 ADULT NONFICTION Available -
Bloomfield Eastern Greene County Public Library - Bloomfield 510.92 LEE (Text) 36803000995113 NONFICTION Checked out 12/30/2016
Brownstown Public Library - Brownstown 510.92 S554 (Text) 79361000099915 Adult Nonfiction - Science Available -
Butler Public Library - Butler 920 LEE (Text) 73174005031635 Adult: Nonfiction Available -
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County - Angola 510.92 LEE (Text) 33118000176852 Adult: New Book Available -
Coatesville-Clay Township Public Library - Coatesville 510.92 (Text) 78321000026027 Adult Non-Fiction Available -
Culver-Union Township Public Library - Culver 510.92520973 LEE (Text) 34304000841116 Adult - Nonfiction Checked out 12/22/2016
Eckhart Public Library - Main 629.13 SHE (Text) 840191002390988 New Nonfiction - Main Floor Available -
Flora-Monroe Township Public Library - Flora 510.92 LEE (Text) 50825010707064 Non-Fiction Checked out 12/13/2016
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  • ISBN: 9780062363596
  • ISBN: 006236359X
  • Physical Description: xviii, 346 pages ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references ([273]-328) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: A door opens -- Mobilization -- Past is prologue -- The double V -- Manifest destiny -- War birds -- The duration -- Those who move forward -- Breaking barriers -- Home by the sea -- The area rule -- Serendipity -- Turbulence -- Angle of attack -- Young, gifted, and black -- What a difference a day makes -- Outer space -- With all deliberate speed -- Model behavior -- Degrees of freedom -- Out of the past, the future -- America is for everybody -- To boldly go.
Summary, etc.: "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." -- Publisher's description
Subject: United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration > Officials and employees > Biography.
Women mathematicians > United States > Biography.
African American women > Biography.
African American mathematicians > Biography.
Space race.
20th Century.
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies.
Genre: Biographies.

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