Hidden Figures

The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.78 hours)
Product Number: Z100113902
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062472076
Narrator/s: Robin Miles
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The phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America's greatest achievements in space. Soon to be a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner. 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. 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 Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, four African American women who participated in some of NASA's greatest successes. It chronicles their careers over nearly three decades they faced challenges, forged alliances and used their intellect to change their own lives, and their country's future.

Awards:2017-NonFiction-Longlist-Andrew Carnegie Medal,
New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Sep 06, 2016

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Narrator(s): Robin Miles
Genre: History
Product Number DD28563
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781441709585
Product Number EB00625720
Released: Sep 06, 2016
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: William Morrow
ISBN: #9780062363619

Professional reviews

"Forget about breaking the glass ceiling--Robin Miles narrates the true story of four black women whose work as mathematicians helped break the sound barrier, and set the stage for space exploration. From the 1930s to the 1960s, they made calculations on such things as rocket trajectories and sonic booms, first at NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics), taking advantage of the opportunity that arose from the labor shortage of WWII, and then at NASA. Miles warmly profiles these hard-working women and their significant contributions to a field still dominated by white men. As the author highlights such figures as Katherine Johnson and Christine Darden, Miles's inflections, rhythm, and pace move the story forward in a fascinating timeline of events. Listeners will get to hear the story before the much-anticipated movie is released next year. T.E.C. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"

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