Hidden figures is not true
Hidden Figures by Margot Lee ShetterlyThe uplifting, amazing true story—a New York Times bestseller
This edition of Margot Lee Shetterly’s acclaimed book is perfect for young readers. It is the powerful story of four African-American female mathematicians at NASA who helped achieve some of the greatest moments in our space program. Now a major motion picture starring Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kirsten Dunst, and Kevin Costner.
Before John Glenn orbited the earth, or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules, and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space.
This book brings to life the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who lived through the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, the Cold War, and the movement for gender equality, and whose work forever changed the face of NASA and the country.
The stars of ‘Hidden Figures’ share the true story behind it
'Hidden Figures': 'The Right Stuff' vs. Real Stuff in New Film About NASA History
I n the opening scenes of Hidden Figures , released in the UK on Friday, we are introduced to Dorothy Vaughan — played with verve and wit by Octavia Spencer — as a pair of legs sticking out from under the bonnet of a broken-down car. Although the scene goes on to establish the deep racism of the time in more direct ways, the small detail of the stockings tries to put viewers in the shoes of someone like Vaughan. It reminds us how these women were made to feel like outsiders in their own country in small and large ways, even as they helped the nation succeed on the global stage. In writing history, the devil is always in the details. It casts them as protagonists in the grand drama of American technological history rather than mere details. The bravura performances of Taraji P. In the early s, the US was falling behind the Soviets in the space race: already the USSR had launched the first satellite and put the first person into orbit.
Hidden Figures review – black women Nasa boffin pic defies its formula
While watching Hidden Figures my eyes often filled with tears, with many scenes clogging my sinuses. By the end, I could only breath through my mouth. This movie did a number on me — I loved it. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly is one of the most praised nonfiction books of The movie is not the book, and I plead with you to read it if you loved the film. However, the film uses a handful of events that happened over decades and blends them into fiction that spans just two years.