math in the time of jim crow Archive

When "computers" were young, brilliant black women mathematicians

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures recovers the lost history of the young African American women who did the heavy computational work of the Apollo missions, given the job title of “computer” — her compelling book has been made into a new motion picture. One such woman was Katherine G. Johnson. At 98, she still lives in Hampton, and has emerged as …