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Margot Lee Shetterly

This book brings to life the story of four African American female mathematicians working for NASA at the height of the Space Race between the United States and Russia—Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Christine Darden. All talented mathematicians, they had to work under conditions of racism and sexism, but still distinguished themselves through their work and significant contributions to the agency…

Julia Finley Mosca

From a young age, Raye Montague had her sights on becoming an engineer. Through her unending persistence and determination, Raye faced down sexism and racism and finally gained recognition for her contributions, which changed the course of submarine design…

Helaine Becker

Katherine Johnson was an African-American mathematician who worked for NASA during the space race (you may know her from the movie or book Hidden Figures). This picture book follows Katherine from a young child who loved counting, to being a gifted student, to bringing her talents to NASA, and at every step repeating, “You can count on me.” She not only calculated the course of the moon landings…

Cheryl Bardoe

Sophie Germain demonstrated not only a love of math, but fierce determination in her quest to study it, eventually becoming the first woman to win a grand prize from the Academy of Sciences. As a girl, her parents took away her candles to keep her from studying math, and since women were not allowed to attend universities, she secretly obtained notes from math classes and completed work under a male pen name… but no matter what, nothing stopped Sophie…

Deborah Heiligman

Covering the life of Paul Erdos, a mathematician from Budapest, this is the interesting story of a kid who loved math and grew up to be one of the greatest mathematicians who ever lived. He particularly stands out because he actually loved working with others (as opposed to many mathematicians) and enjoyed matching up like-minded mathematicians with complementary skills to collaborate on projects…

Joseph D'Agnese

This is loosely based on the life of Fibonacci based on the little information that is known about him. This not only discusses the Fibonacci Sequence, but also touches on Fibonacci’s efforts to introduce the numerals we use today…

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