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Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of African-American Women Who Helped Win the Space Race.

HIDDEN FIGURES

THE UNTOLD STORY OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMEN WHO HELPED WIN THE SPACE RACE BY MARGOT LEE SHETTERLEY

16.99 [pounds sterling] WILLIAM COLLINS

ISBN: 978-0-00-820128-9

Set amid the civil rights movement, this never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space programme, will appeal to readers of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Before Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "human computers", calculating flight paths that would enable the historic achievements.

Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts, these "coloured computers" used pencils and paper to write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.

Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil-rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War and the women's rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of mankind's greatest adventure with the intimate stories of four courageous women whose work forever changed the world.

The daughter of a NASA engineer, author Margot Lee Shetterly is an independent scholar and an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation award recipient, currently at work on The Human Computer Project, a digital archive of the stories of NASA's Human Computers. She is one of the founders of Inside Mexico magazine, an English-language magazine for the US's Mexican ex-pat population, and in her former lives worked as an internet executive and an investment banker.

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