Sunday, May 7, 2017

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures: the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race / Margot Lee Shetterly 358 pgs.

This book is a fabulous history of the women who worked during the war and longer at the government agencies working on aeronautics and space travel.  In the "old days" computers were the people who did the calculations necessary for the research done by researchers and engineers. These people had to be excellent mathematicians and have exacting standards.  Many of them were African American women with advanced degrees who had been working as school of the few jobs readily available to them. These women relished education and were looking for ways to ensure their kids could get as much as possible.  The civil service job paid a lot more than teaching.  I can understand why this must have gotten snapped up by Hollywood by the first person who read it.  The book tells a great story of the people who were instrumental in the technological advances made since WWII in flight and space exploration. Very inspirational.

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