Hidden figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race

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The uplifting, amazing true story&;a New York Times bestseller!

This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly&;s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It's the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. 

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.

This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.

This middle grade nonfiction book is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 4 to 6, in the classroom or for homeschooling.

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subject_facet20th Century -- United States
African American Studies -- Ethnic Studies
African American mathematicians
African American mathematicians -- Biography
African American mathematicians -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
African American women
African American women -- Biography
African American women -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
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History
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Space Science -- SCIENCE
Space race
Space race -- Juvenile literature
United States
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration
United States. -- National Aeronautics and Space Administration -- Officials and employees -- Biography
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Women mathematicians
Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography
Women mathematicians -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature
title_displayHidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race
title_fullHidden Figures The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
Hidden Figures The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race [electronic resource] Shetterly, Margot Lee.
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race [electronic resource] / Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden figures : the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race [electronic resource] / Margot Lee Shetterly
Hidden figures [electronic resource] : 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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Science
Sociology
Space Science
Space race
Women mathematicians