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Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly (Paperback)

The Untold Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race

Description

Set amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA’s African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America’s space program.

Before 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, these coloured computers’ used pencil and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

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 rich history of mankind’s greatest adventure with the intimate stories of five courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

Product Details

Barcode
9780008201326
Department
Books
Released
19 Dec 2016
Supply Source
South Africa

Book

Author
Margot Lee Shetterly
Subtitle
The Story of the African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race
Binding
Paperback
Publisher
HarperCollins Publishers
Dimensions
197 x 130 x 130mm (270g)

Annotation

The Top 10 Sunday Times BestsellerNOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTUREOscar Nominated For Best Picture and Best Adapted ScreenplaySet amid the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program.

Non-Fiction

General Subject
History
BIC Classification 2
True stories of heroism, endurance & survival
BIC Classification 3
General & world history
Readership
General (US: Trade)