New York Times bestselling author Margot Lee Shetterlys book is now available in a 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. Now 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. 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....
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Hidden Figures Reviews
When I received this book as a gift, I was thrilled because I am personally fascinated with space and aeronautics.
I found the topics discussed remarkably thought-provoking. The book centers around four African-American women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden. Each of the four women had a fascination with mathematics and science. At the time, racial segregation was an ongoing practice in the United States, and women specializing in mathematics and science wer ...more
I loved this book. Can you imagine the conversation in the 40's "I just got a job as a computer". These math wizards were trailblazers and can be inspirations for all young women even today. Lots of great facts and figures about the progression of the space program through the many years and US presidents. Also, men would enjoy this book.
This is such an inspiring story of incredible people. I loved reading and learning about the powerful women that worked as human computers during U.S. space exploration. The author also included descriptions of historically significant events with civil rights, gender equality in the workplace and conflicts with Russia.
I won't lie, I decided to read this based on how much I enjoyed the movie that came out last year. Although I myself am neither Black nor an engineer, the film version of these legends touched me, to say the least; I can only imagine how the journeys of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughn, and Mary Jackson would move Black communities everywhere. After remembering that the movie was based on a book by Margot Lee Shetterly, I downloaded it to my Kindle and began reading — in part because storytelli ...more
When the ads for Hidden Figures came out last year I was ecstatic. Not only did the movie look great and have a spectacular story to tell, the headliners were black women! I hadn’t seen the movie before starting the book, but I was excited anyway. I’m sorry to say I was disappointed. Very disappointed, in fact.
I don’t think Shetterly grasped the concept of storytelling. Just because a book is non-fiction doesn’t stop it from being a book. There still has to be elements of style and flow in it. H ...more
Don't get me wrong, these women are amazing and inspiring and their stories need to be told. However the book was fact, fact, fact, with a lack of a fluid, engaging storyline. In the textbook-like recording of their lives, it is missing a little life, pizazz, spirit. Make no mistake though, it is a good thing that this history is thoroughly preserved.
and the many other African American women who worked for NASA.
I honor you.
To women in general and especially women of colour working in science, engineering and math.
I honor you.
It was an overall good book, if you like math and science you would probably like that. I definitely recommend the book to everyone