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Title
Rise of the rocket girls - the women who propelled us, from missiles to the Moon to Mars
Author
Nathalia Holt
format
Paperback / softback
Publisher
Back Bay Books
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20170126

In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible. Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews, Nathalia Holt offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Nathalia Holt is the author of Cured: The People Who Defeated HIV and a former fellow at the Ragon Institute of Massachusetts General Hospital, MIT and Harvard University. Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, TheAtlantic.com, Slate, Time.com, and Popular Science. She lives in Boston.

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Women scientists - United States - History - 20th century.
Country of Publication
New York (State)
Number of Pages
352

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