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Hidden human computers : the black women of NASA
ISBN:
9781680783872
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations (some color), portraits (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents:
NASA's secret -- Human computers -- Educating Black America -- Flight and fight -- Segregated science -- Challenging the space race -- Race, place, and outer space -- Science in space -- Hidden no more -- Timeline -- Essential facts.
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Summary:
Edwards and Harris discuss the critical contributions black women made to NASA in the 1950s. They performed by hand the calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Their efforts made it possible for young black women of subsequent generations to become the mathematicians and astrophysicists of today.
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Hidden Human Computers discusses how in the 1950s, black women made critical contributions to NASA by performing calculations that made it possible for the nation's astronauts to fly into space and return safely to Earth. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards. Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.


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School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-A look at people who by dint of determination and skill shaped social, political, and professional arenas but typically have received little or no attention for their efforts. The coverage is thorough. Content includes not only details about what the featured groups did and why but also significant backstory. For instance, in Hidden Computers, the authors describe both this resolute group of black women who became top-notch mathematicians and the history of human computers, going back as far as 1758. The writing is matter-of-fact and unbiased. In The Stonewall Riots, the violence perpetrated by police against protestors is addressed along with the reaction of the protestors. The illustrations consist of archival drawings and photos. The plain white backgrounds and pale shading for sidebars make for a lackluster visual presentation, but the material is solid. VERDICT Good selections for libraries looking for U.S. history that has often gone unacknowledged. © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* For students wanting to know more about the African American women working at NASA depicted in the movie Hidden Figures, there's just such a volume in the Hidden Heroes series. Because some readers may associate computer with machines, the authors give a thorough explanation of how humans were first used as computers to solve difficult mathematical and physics problems before today's computers were invented. After identifying early black women pioneers in math and science, the book focuses on how WWII created opportunities for black women to serve as computers in the defense industry and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), which later became NASA. It describes the roles of these groundbreaking computers, as well as the double discrimination they encountered as women and as African Americans. Archival photos and sidebars enhance the appealing text, which concludes with a brief look at black women who made more advances as astronauts. Extensive back matter, including a time line, facts, additional resources, and a glossary, extend the research value. An essential purchase for STEM collections.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2017 Booklist


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