Now in a special new edition perfect for young readers, this is the amazing true story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program.
Product Code: 6567
ISBN: 9780062662378
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published Date: 11/29/2016
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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, four African-American women 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.

Ages 8-12
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Setting the Scene
Chapter 2: A Door Opens
Chapter 3: Mobilization
Chapter 4: A New Beginning
Chapter 5: The Double V
Chapter 6: The “Colored” Computers
Chapter 7: War Birds
Chapter 8: The Duration
Chapter 9: Breaking Barriers
Chapter 10: No Limits
Chapter 11: The Area Rule
Chapter 12: An Exceptional Mind
Chapter 13: Turbulence
Chapter 14: Progress
Chapter 15: Young, Gifted, and Black
Chapter 16: What a Difference a Day Makes
Chapter 17: Writing the Textbook on Space
Chapter 18: With All Deliberate Speed
Chapter 19: Model Behavior
Chapter 20: Degrees of Freedom
Chapter 21: Out of the Past, the Future
Chapter 22: America Is for Everybody
Chapter 23: One Small Step
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“The perfect impetus for discussion on a host of important historical themes germane to the 1950s, such as gender roles, racial prejudice and segregation, and scientific exploration… Middle-schoolers will find their story, here in a young readers’ edition of Shetterly’s 2016 adult book, engaging and inspirational.” — Booklist
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