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8 Books to Read if you Loved Hidden Figures

Book recommendations based on the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures.

Post Date:02/21/2017 1:14 PM
Hidden figures: the American dream and the untold story of the Black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margo Lee Shetterly
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.

The Glass Universe: how the ladies of the Harvard Observatory took the measure of the stars by Dava Sobel
The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

Black wings: courageous stories of African Americans in aviation and space history by Von Hardesty
A history of African Americans in aviation and space cites the efforts of black men and women to promote integration by entering the military, breaking transcontinental records, and joining the space program.

Rise of the rocket girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
Traces the pivotal achievements of the elite female science recruits at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where in the mid-20th century they transformed rocket design and enabled the creations of the first American satellites.

Packing for Mars: the curious science of life in the void by Mary Roach
Space is a world devoid of the things we need to live and thrive: air, gravity, hot showers, fresh produce, privacy, beer. Space exploraiton is in some ways an exploration of what it means to be human. How much can a person give up? As Mary Roach discovers, it's possible to preview space without ever leaving Earth. From the Space Shuttle training toilet to a crash test of NASA's new space capsule, (cadaver filling in for astronaut), Roach takes us on a surreally entertaining trip into the science of life in space and space on Earth.

The warmth of other suns: the epic story of America’s great migration by Isabel Wilkerson
In this epic, beautifully written masterwork, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Isabel Wilkerson chronicles one of the great untold stories of American history: the decades-long migration of black citizens who fled the South for northern and western cities, in search of a better life. From 1915 to 1970, this exodus of almost six million people changed the face of America.

Almost astronauts: 13 women who dared to dream by Tanya Lee Stone
Presents the story of the thirteen women connected with NASA's Mercury 13 space mission, who braved prejudice and jealousy to make their mark and open the door for the female pilots and space commanders that would soon follow.

Headstrong: 52 women who changed science—and the world by Rachel Swaby
Covering Nobel Prize winners and major innovators, as well as lesser-known but hugely significant scientists who influence our every day, Rachel Swaby's…profiles span centuries of courageous thinkers and illustrate how each one's ideas developed, from their first moment of scientific engagement through the research and discovery for which they're best known