Rise of the rocket girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars
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Published:
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2016.
Format:
Book Club Kit
Edition:
First edition.
Physical Desc:
xiii, 338 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm.
Status:
TELL WPL Book Club
BOOK CLUB KIT
Description

During World War Il, when the brand-new minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women--known as "computers"--who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons--their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the computers worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond. Later, as digital computers largely replaced human ones, JPL was unique in training and retaining its brilliant pool of women. They became the first computer programmers and engineers, and through their efforts, we launched the ships that showed us the contours of our solar system. For the first time, this book tells the stories of these women who charted a course not only for the future of space exploration but also for the prospects of female scientists. 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, illuminating both where we've been and the far reaches of where we're heading.--Adapted from dust jacket.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 293-323) and index.
Description
During World War Il, when the brand-new minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate jet velocities and plot missile trajectories, they recruited an elite group of young women--known as "computers"--who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design and helped bring about America's first ballistic missiles. But they were never interested in developing weapons--their hearts lay in the dream of space exploration. So when JPL became part of a new agency called NASA, the computers worked on the first probes to the moon, Venus, Mars, and beyond. Later, as digital computers largely replaced human ones, JPL was unique in training and retaining its brilliant pool of women. They became the first computer programmers and engineers, and through their efforts, we launched the ships that showed us the contours of our solar system. For the first time, this book tells the stories of these women who charted a course not only for the future of space exploration but also for the prospects of female scientists. 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, illuminating both where we've been and the far reaches of where we're heading.--Adapted from dust jacket.
Local note
Wilkinson Public Library's kit of 10 books check out as one unit to book clubs.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Holt, N. (2016). Rise of the rocket girls: the women who propelled us, from missiles to the moon to Mars. First edition. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Holt, Nathalia, 1980-. 2016. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Holt, Nathalia, 1980-, Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Holt, Nathalia. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, From Missiles to the Moon to Mars. First edition. New York: Little, Brown and Company, 2016.

Note! Citation formats are based on standards as of July 2010. Citations contain only title, author, edition, publisher, and year published. Citations should be used as a guideline and should be double checked for accuracy.
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