Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly

NASA (and before then, NACA) prided itself on its engineering prowess.  And the fact of the matter was, in the 1940s (and 50s, and 60s, and 70s...) most engineers were male.  But hidden behind the more famous faces were a body of female mathematicians and engineers, fair-skinned and darker-skinned.  In particular, the West computers, a group of African-American women, started as entry-level mathematicians and ended up landing people on the moon.  This is their story.

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