Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars
- By Nathalia Holt
- Hardcover: 352 pages
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, 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, making 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 with the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls 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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