Talentos Ocultas (Hidden Figures): El Sueno Americano Y La Historia Jamas Contada de Las Mujeres Matematicas Afroamericanas Que Ayudaro
DescriptionBefore 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. Originally relegated to teaching math in the South's segregated public schools, the labor shortages of World War II gave these overlooked math whizzes a shot at jobs worthy of their skills. Starting in World War II and moving through to the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, and the Space Race, Hidden Figures follows the interwoven accounts of the four African-American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes.
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About the Author
Margot Lee Shetterly grew up in Hampton, Virginia, where she knew many of the women in her book Hidden Figures. She is an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow and the recipient of a Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for her research on women in computing. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.