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An introduction to the test formats for each of the three ACCUPLACER Math tests: Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Mathematics, with over 1,350 practice questions, including quick drills and comprehensive practice questions that mirror the actual exams, plus hundreds of examples that show readers exactly how to answer questions from each content area. Includes three practice tests that each contain sections for Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, and College-Level Mathematics. Each section is reflective of its respective exam in terms of format, length, and content, giving readers three opportunities to practice each of the three ACCUPLACER Math tests.
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x, 294 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
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211 pages ; 21 cm.
"A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires"-- Provided by publisher.
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xiii, 359 pages ; 24 cm
  • AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: The Politics of Experiment1. New Beginnings2. Producing Life3. Representing Reason4. Cloning, Knowledge, and the Politics of Consensus5. Confusing Deliberation6. In the Laboratories of Democracy7. Religion, Reason, and the Politics of Progress8. The Legacy of ExperimentNotesIndex.
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Human embryo research touches upon strongly felt moral convictions, and it raises such deep questions about the promise and perils of scientific progress that debate over its development has become a moral and political imperative. From in vitro fertilization to embryonic stem cell research, cloning, and gene editing, Americans have repeatedly struggled with how to define the moral status of the human embryo, whether to limit its experimental uses, and how to contend with sharply divided public moral perspectives on governing science. Experiments in Democracy presents a history of American debates over human embryo research from the late 1960s to the present, exploring their crucial role in shaping norms, practices, and institutions of deliberation governing the ethical challenges of modern bioscience. J. Benjamin Hurlbut details how scientists, bioethicists, policymakers, and other public figures have attempted to answer a question of great consequence: how should the public reason about aspects of science and technology that effect fundamental dimensions of human life? Through a study of one of the most significant science policy controversies in the history of the United States, Experiments in Democracy paints a portrait of the complex relationship between science and democracy, and of U.S. society's evolving approaches to evaluating and governing science's most challenging breakthroughs.
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viii, 294 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 27 cm
  • * Photo section* Day of the handshakes* The star years* Out of the gates* Preparing for war* Vietnam* Return to reason* The Fulbright interlude* $\textit{Berzerkeley}$* The apprenticeship* $\textit{Eurekas}$* The global math guild* The math $\textit{Ohana}$* The Penn State syndrome* Permanent sabbatical* Postscript.
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Pushing Limits: From West Point to Berkeley and Beyond challenges the myth that mathematicians lead dull and ascetic lives. It recounts the unique odyssey of a noted mathematician who overcame military hurdles at West Point, Army Ranger School and the Vietnam War, and survived many civilian escapades--hitchhiking in third-world hotspots, fending off sharks in Bahamian reefs, and camping deep behind the forbidding Iron Curtain. From ultra-conservative West Point in the '60s to ultra-radical Berkeley in the '70s, and ultimately to genteel Georgia Tech in the '80s, this is the tale of an academic career as noteworthy for its offbeat adventures as for its teaching and research accomplishments. It brings to life the struggles and risks underlying mathematical research, the unparalleled thrill of making scientific breakthroughs, and the joy of sharing those discoveries around the world. Hill's book is packed with energy, humor, and suspense, both physical and intellectual. Anyone who is curious about how a maverick mathematician thinks, who wants to relive the zanier side of the '60s and '70s, who wants an armchair journey into the third world, or who seeks an unconventional viewpoint about some of our more revered institutions, will be drawn to this book.
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xvi, 479 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Pt. 1. Knowledge
  • Pt. 2. Power
  • Pt. 3. Justice
  • Epilogue
  • Postscript.
As World War I raged across the globe, hundreds of young women toiled away at the radium-dial factories, where they painted clock faces with a mysterious new substance called radium. Assured by their bosses that the luminous material was safe, the women themselves shone brightly in the dark, covered from head to toe with the glowing dust. With such a coveted job, these "shining girls" were considered the luckiest alive--until they began to fall mysteriously ill. As the fatal poison of the radium took hold, they found themselves embroiled in one of America's biggest scandals and a groundbreaking battle for workers' rights. The Radium Girls explores the strength of extraordinary women in the face of almost impossible circumstances and the astonishing legacy they left behind.
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  • Knowing with their eyes? Beekeepers' understandings of CCD
  • Keeping the research disciplined: entomological understandings of the controversy over insecticides
  • Bees under the treadmill of agriculture: growers' responses to bee decline
  • The bottom-line for Bayer: agrochemical companies and "bee care"
  • Regulating knowledge: the EPA and pesticide standards
  • Toward just research and policy on bee health.
In 2005, beekeepers in the United States began observing a mysterious and disturbing phenomenon: once-healthy colonies of bees were suddenly collapsing, leaving behind empty hives full of honey and pollen. Over the following decade, widespread honeybee deaths - some of which have come to be called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) - have continued to bedevil beekeepers and threaten the agricultural industries that rely on bees for pollination. Scientists continue to debate the causes of CCD, yet there is no clear consensus on how to best solve the problem. Vanishing Bees takes us inside the debates over widespread honeybee deaths, introducing the various groups with a stake in solving the mystery of CCD, including beekeepers, entomologists, growers, agrichemical companies, and government regulators. Drawing from extensive interviews and first-hand observations, Sainath Suryanarayanan and Daniel Lee Kleinman examine how members of each group have acquired, disseminated, and evaluated knowledge about CCD. In addition, they explore the often-contentious interactions among different groups, detailing how they assert authority, gain trust, and build alliances. As it explores the contours of the CCD crisis, Vanishing Bees considers an equally urgent question: what happens when farmers, scientists, beekeepers, corporations, and federal agencies approach the problem from different vantage points and cannot see eye-to-eye? The answer may have profound consequences for every person who wants to keep fresh food on the table.
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  • An introduction to Crotalis horridus
  • Egress : the dangers of leaving home. A quirky subculture ; Quasimodo in the Blue Hills ; Live free or die ; Zero at the bone ; A long, muscular tube
  • Interlude : High summer : on the trail with timber rattlesnakes. The dangers of being male ; The dangers of being female ; A commodity of rattlesnakes : snakes today, Bibles tomorrow
  • Ingress : the dangers of coming home. Chaos of rocks ; Among rattlesnakes ; Into the abyss ; The very last rattlesnake
  • The ambiguous world of the timber rattlesnake.
There s no sound quite like it, or as viscerally terrifying: the ominous rattle of the timber rattlesnake. It s a chilling shorthand for imminent danger, and a reminder of the countless ways that nature can suddenly snuff us out. Yet most of us have never seen a timber rattler. Though they re found in thirty-one states, and near many major cities, in contemporary America timber rattlesnakes are creatures mostly of imagination and innate fear. Ted Levin aims to change that with "America s Snake, " a portrait of the timber rattlesnake, its place in America s pantheon of creatures and in our own frontier history and of the heroic efforts to protect it against habitat loss, climate change, and the human tendency to kill what we fear. Taking us from labs where the secrets of the snake s evolutionary history are being unlocked to far-flung habitats whose locations are fiercely protected by biologists and dedicated amateur herpetologists alike, Levin paints a picture of a fascinating creature: peaceable, social, long-lived, and, despite our phobias, not inclined to bite. The timber rattler emerges here as emblematic of America and also, unfortunately, of the complicated, painful struggles involved in protecting and preserving the natural world. A wonderful mix of natural history, travel writing, and exemplary journalism, "America s Snake" is loaded with remarkable characters none more so than the snake at its heart: frightening, perhaps; endangered, certainly; and unquestionably unforgettable.".
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318 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 25 cm
  • Acknowledgments 8 Introduction 10 Wide-Angle Birding: Be the Bird, See the Bird 11 Becoming a "Good Birder": Understanding the Basics 12 Birding Mentors 26 Why Birding Is Cool 26 Waterbirds Loons 29 Swans 45 Mallard and Monochromatic "Mallards" 57 White Herons 69 Coastal Birds Eiders 83 Brachyramphus Murrelets 93 Pacific Cormorants 103 Seabirds Sulids: Northern Gannet and Boobies 115 Tropical Terns 129 Atlantic Gadflies 137 Large Shorebirds Curlews 149 Godwits 161 Skulkers Marsh Sparrows 175 Small Wrens (Troglodytes and Cistothorus) 187 Birds of Forest and Edge Accipiters 199 American Rosefinches 211 Aerial Insectivores Swifts 221 Night Birds Screech-Owls: An "Otus" and the Megascops 231 Nighthawks 241 Open-Country Birds Yellow-bellied Kingbirds 253 Black Corvids: Crows and Ravens 265 Pipits 281 Longspurs 293 Cowbirds 303 Index 312.
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Better Birding reveals the techniques expert birders use to identify a wide array of bird species in the field--quickly and easily. Featuring hundreds of stunning photos and composite plates throughout, this book simplifies identification by organizing the birds you see into groupings and offering strategies specifically tailored to each group. Skill building focuses not just on traditional elements such as plumage, but also on creating a context around each bird, including habitat, behavior, and taxonomy--parts so integral to every bird's identity but often glossed over by typical field guides. Critical background information is provided for each group, enabling you to approach bird identification with a wide-angle view, using your eyes, brain, and binoculars more strategically, resulting in a more organized approach to learning birds. Better Birding puts the thrill of expert bird identification within your reach. * Reveals the techniques used by expert birders for quick and easy identification* Simplifies identification with strategies tailored to different groupings of birds* Features hundreds of photos and composite plates that illustrate the different techniques* Fosters a wide-angle approach to field birding* Provides a foundation for building stronger birding skills.
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513 pages ; 23 cm
Too often, discussions of ethical issues in health care and medicine are detached from the legal contexts which guide the practice of health care providers. In this book, Gary Jones and Joseph DeMarco aim to connect ethical theory, medicine, and the law, guiding readers toward a practical and legally-grounded understanding of the issues. While health care law is not always in the right, an understanding of laws and legal precedents, and of the reasoning behind them, can help us to participate in discussion of policy and to address current legal rights as well as complex ethical questions as they arise during health care provision. This book is uniquely up-to-date in its discussion of health care law, and unpacks the complex web of American policies, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, so as to make it intelligible to those without legal expertise. Bioethics in Context covers a wide range of topics, including: appropriate measures one should take to obtain informed consent and to protect patient privacy, dealing with patients who exhibit signs of mental illness, responding to sensitive cultural and religious concerns, and balancing the needs of medical researchers with those of patients participating in clinical trials. Useful case studies and examples are embedded throughout, and a companion website offers a thorough curated database of relevant legal precedents as well as additional case studies and other resources.
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xvii, 200 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • The importance of bird habitat
  • What can be done to help birds
  • Species accounts of birds in trouble
  • Trumpeter swan
  • Gunnison sage-grouse and Greater sage-grouse
  • Greater prairie-chicken and Lesser prairie-chicken
  • Yellow-billed loon
  • Clark's grebe
  • Black-capped petrel and Bermuda petrel
  • Ashy storm-petrel
  • Reddish egret
  • Ferruginous hawk
  • Yellow rail and black rail
  • Whooping crane
  • Snowy plover and Piping plover
  • Mountain plover
  • Wandering tattler
  • Bristle-thighed curlew
  • Long-billed curlew
  • Hudsonian godwit
  • Red knot
  • Buff-breasted sandpiper
  • Kittlitz's , Xantus's (now Scripps's murrelet and Guadalupe murrelet), and Craveri's murrelets
  • Ivory gull
  • Flammulated owl
  • Spotted owl
  • Red-cockaded woodpecker
  • Red-crowned parrot
  • Black-capped vireo
  • Florida scrub-jay and Island scrub-jay
  • California gnatcatcher
  • Bicknell's thrush
  • McKay's bunting
  • Colima warbler
  • Kirtland's warbler
  • Cerulean warbler
  • Golden-cheeked warbler
  • Brown-capped rosy-finch and Black rosy-finch
  • Helping everyday birds
  • Appendix 1. Species population estimates
  • Appendix 2. Status of birds in trouble
  • Appendix 3. Status of birds under the Endangered Species Act.
As oil was washing up on the shores of Louisiana, coveringshorebirds and their nests and eggs after the Deepwater Horizondisaster, Lynn Barber decided to write this book to heightenawareness, not only of the plight of bird species that are decliningin numbers every year, but also of the ways in which the birds wesee every day may also face the same fate. First explaining the idea of birds "in trouble"-and what thatmeans in terms of population, conservation status, and nationaland international designations-the book then turns to thehabitats that are important to birds, how they are affected bychanges in these habitats, and what ordinary people can do tohelp counter those negative effects. Barber then profiles forty-twospecies that are in trouble in the United States, discussing thelikely reasons why and what, if anything, we can do to improvetheir situations. Illustrated throughout with the author's signaturebird art, the book closes with a reminder about what we can doto insure that the birds we see every day in our yards, parks, andcommunities will remain with us.
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  • Overview: The decline and fall of the bison empire / Geoff Cunfer
  • Reviewing an iconic story: environmental history and the demise of the bison / Dan Flores
  • People and bison in the ancient past
  • A bison's view of landscape and the paleoenvironment / Alwynne B. Beaudoin
  • A hunter's quest for fat bison / Jack W. Brink
  • An overview of prehistoric communal bison hunting on the Great Plains / Ernest G. Walker
  • Acceleration: European contact and the horse revolution
  • A fur trade historian's view of seasonal bison movement on the Northern Plains / Ted Binnema
  • A horse-man's view of a grassland revolution / Elliott West
  • A métis view of the summer market hunt on the Northern Plains / George Colpitts
  • Tipping point: nineteenth-century cataclysm
  • A tanner's view of the bison hunt: global tanning and industrial leather / Jennifer Hansen
  • A legislator's view of bison collapse: the 1877 Northwest Territories bison protection ordinance / Bill Waiser
  • A rancher's view of the post-bison West: filling the vacuum / Matt Todd
  • A Lakota view of pté oyáte (buffalo nation) / David C. Posthumus
  • Contributors.
"The near disappearance of the American bison in the nineteenth century is commonly understood to be the result of over-hunting, capitalist greed, and all but genocidal military policy. This interpretation remains seductive because of its simplicity; there are villains and victims in this familiar cautionary tale of the American frontier. But as this volume of groundbreaking scholarship shows, the story of the bison's demise is actually quite nuanced. Bison and People on the North American Great Plains brings together voices from several disciplines to offer new insights on the relationship between humans and animals that approached extinction. The essays here transcend the border between the United States and Canada to provide a continental context. Contributors include historians, archaeologists, anthropologists, paleontologists, and Native American perspectives. This book explores the deep past and examines the latest knowledge on bison anatomy and physiology, how bison responded to climate change (especially drought), and early bison hunters and pre-contact trade. It also focuses on the era of European contact, in particular the arrival of the horse, and some of the first known instances of over-hunting. By the nineteenth century bison reached a "tipping point" as a result of new tanning practices, an early attempt at protective legislation, and ventures to introducing cattle as a replacement stock. The book concludes with a Lakota perspective featuring new ethnohistorical research"--Publisher's website.
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  • Can we talk about agriculture?
  • Confinement, concentration, and integration : what is industrial agriculture?
  • It all started in Delmarva
  • The chickenization of the world
  • The coming of the drugs
  • When you look at a screen, do you see lattices or holes?
  • Antimicrobial resistance : how agriculture ended the antimicrobial era
  • Collateral damage : taking and putting
  • Have a cup of coffee and pray
  • Food safety : redesigning products or consumers?
  • Can we feed the world?
  • A path forward, not backward.
Over the past century, new farming methods, feed additives, and social and economic structures have radically transformed agriculture around the globe, often at the expense of human health. In Chickenizing Farms and Food, Ellen K. Silbergeld reveals the unsafe world of chickenization-big agriculture's top-down, contract-based factory farming system-and its negative consequences for workers, consumers, and the environment. Drawing on her deep knowledge of and experience in environmental engineering and toxicology, Silbergeld examines the complex history of the modern industrial food animal production industry and describes the widespread effects of Arthur Perdue's remarkable agricultural innovations, which were so important that the US Department of Agriculture uses the term chickenization to cover the transformation of all farm animal production. Silbergeld tells the real story of how antibiotics were first introduced into animal feeds in the 1940s, which has led to the emergence of multi-drug-resistant pathogens, such as MRSA. Along the way, she talks with poultry growers, farmers, and slaughterhouse workers on the front lines of exposure, moving from the Chesapeake Bay peninsula that gave birth to the modern livestock and poultry industry to North Carolina, Brazil, and China. Arguing that the agricultural industry is in desperate need of reform, the book searches through the fog of illusion that obscures most of what has happened to agriculture in the twentieth century and untangles the history of how laws, regulations, and policies have stripped government agencies of the power to protect workers and consumers alike from occupational and food-borne hazards. Chickenizing Farms and Food also explores the limits of some popular alternatives to industrial farming, including organic production, nonmeat diets, locavorism, and small-scale agriculture. Silbergeld's provocative but pragmatic call to action is tempered by real challenges: how can we ensure a safe and accessible food system that can feed everyone, including consumers in developing countries with new tastes for western diets, without hurting workers, sickening consumers, and undermining some of our most powerful medicines?
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92 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 28 cm
  • Greenhouse gases
  • Weather and climate
  • Oceans
  • Snow and ice
  • Health and society
  • Ecosystems.
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  • Introduction : Sensational findings
  • Bee vignette I : Victorian bees
  • Coming of age in Vienna
  • The bees that could
  • Bee vignette II : Sensing the senses
  • Calm before the storm
  • In the service of the Reich
  • Bee vignette III : Deep inside the hive
  • State of grace
  • Picking up the pieces in postwar Germany
  • Coming to America
  • Bee vignette IV : Seeing bees
  • Attack on the dance language
  • Conclusion : 180/60.
We think of bees as being among the busiest workers in the garden, admiring them for their productivity. But amid their buzzing, they are also great communicators and unusual dancers. As Karl von Frisch (1886 1982) discovered during World War II, bees communicate the location of food sources to each other through complex circle and waggle dances. For centuries, beekeepers had observed these curious movements in hives, and others had speculated about the possibility of a bee language used to manage the work of the hive. But it took von Frisch to determine that the bees dances communicated precise information about the distance and direction of food sources. As Tania Munz shows in this exploration of von Frisch s life and research, this important discovery came amid the tense circumstances of the Third Reich. "The Dancing Bees "draws on previously unexplored archival sources in order to reveal von Frisch s full story, including how the Nazi government in 1940 determined that he was one-quarter Jewish, revoked his teaching privileges, and sought to prevent him from working altogether until circumstances intervened. In the 1940s, bee populations throughout Europe were facing the devastating effects of a plague (just as they are today), and because the bees were essential to the pollination of crops, von Frisch s research was deemed critical to maintaining the food supply of a nation at war. The bees, as von Frisch put it years later, saved his life. Munz not only explores von Frisch s complicated career in the Third Reich, she looks closely at the legacy of his work and the later debates about the significance of the bee language and the science of animal communication. This first in-depth biography of von Frisch paints a complex and nuanced portrait of a scientist at work under Nazi rule. "The Dancing Bees "will be welcomed by anyone seeking to better understand not only this chapter of the history of science but also the peculiar waggles of our garden visitors. ".
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  • Introduction to environmental law
  • Wild plants and animals
  • Threatened and endangered species
  • International environmental laws protecting biodiversity
  • Federal public lands
  • Private lands
  • Polluting lakes, streams, and rivers
  • Filling in streams and wetlands
  • Oceans and coasts
  • Air pollution
  • Global climate change.
Environmental law has an unquestionable effect on the species, ecosystems, and landscapes that biologists study and vice-versa, as the research of these biologists frequently informs policy. But because many scientists receive little or no legal training, we know relatively little about the precise ways that laws affect biological systems and, consequently, about how best to improve these laws and better protect our natural resources. With Environmental Law for Biologists, ecologist and lawyer Tristan Kimbrell bridges this gap in legal knowledge. Complete with a concise introduction to environmental law and an appendix describing the most important federal and international statutes and treaties discussed, the book is divided into four broad parts: laws that focus on individual species, like invasive species policies, the Endangered Species Act, and international treaties such as CITES; laws that focus on land, from federal public lands to agricultural regulations and urban planning; laws that focus on water, such as the Clean Water Act; and laws that focus on air, such as the Clean Air Act and international measures meant to mitigate global climate change. Written for working biologists and students alike, this book will be a catalyst for both more effective policy and enhanced research, offering hope for the manifold frictions between science and the law.".
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xvi, 322 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
  • The challenge for agriculture and the emergence of agricultural research
  • Birth of the land-grant university and its impact on agricultural research
  • Institutionalization of agricultural research
  • Changing paradigms in agriculture
  • Recent paradigm changes in agriculture
  • Success of agricultural research
  • Beneficiaries of agricultural research
  • Return on investment in agricultural research
  • Challenges in agricultural research
  • Federal funding for research: agricultural versus other research programs
  • Responsibilities and expectations of selected groups for agricultural research
  • Publicly and privately funded agricultural research
  • An international perspective on agricultural research
  • Agricultural research and the future of our civilization.
The astounding success of agricultural research has enabledfarmers to produce increasingly more-and more kinds-offood throughout the world. But with a projected 9 billion peopleto feed by 2050, veteran researcher Gale Buchanan fears thathuman confidence in this ample supply, especially in the US, hascreated unrealistic expectations for the future. Without a workingknowledge of what types and amounts of research producedthe bounty we enjoy today, we will not be prepared to supportthe research necessary to face the challenges ahead, includingpopulation growth, climate change, and water and energy scarcity. In this book, Buchanan describes the historical commitment toresearch and the phenomenal changes it brought to our ability tofeed ourselves. He also prescribes a path for the future, pointingthe way toward an adequately funded, more creative agriculturalresearch system that involves scientists, administrators, educators, farmers, politicians, and consumers; resides in one "standalone" agency; enjoys a consistent funding stream; and operatesinternationally.
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  • A door opens
  • Mobilization
  • Past is prologue
  • The double V
  • Manifest destiny
  • War birds
  • The duration
  • Those who move forward
  • Breaking barriers
  • Home by the sea
  • The area rule
  • Serendipity
  • Turbulence
  • Angle of attack
  • Young, gifted, and black
  • What a difference a day makes
  • Outer space
  • With all deliberate speed
  • Model behavior
  • Degrees of freedom
  • Out of the past, the future
  • America is for everybody
  • To boldly go.
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Golden Globe--winner Taraji P. Henson and Academy Award--winners Octavia Spencer and Kevin Costner Set against the backdrop of the Jim Crow South and the civil rights movement, the never-before-told true story of NASA's African-American female mathematicians who played a crucial role in America's space program--and whose contributions have been unheralded, until now. Before John Glenn orbited the Earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of professionals worked as "Human Computers, " calculating the flight paths that would enable these historic achievements. Among these were a coterie of bright, talented African-American women. Segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws, these "colored computers, " as they were known, used slide rules, adding machines, and pencil and paper to support America's fledgling aeronautics industry, and helped write the equations that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Drawing on the oral histories of scores of these "computers, " personal recollections, interviews with NASA executives and engineers, archival documents, correspondence, and reporting from the era, Hidden Figures recalls America's greatest adventure and NASA's groundbreaking successes through the experiences of five spunky, courageous, intelligent, determined, and patriotic women: Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, Christine Darden, and Gloria Champine. Moving from World War II through NASA's golden age, touching on the civil rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the women's rights movement, Hidden Figures interweaves a rich history of scientific achievement and technological innovation with the intimate stories of five women whose work forever changed the world--and whose lives show how out of one of America's most painful histories came one of its proudest moments.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780062363596 20161213
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