The riveting true story of the women who launched America into space.
In the 1940s and 50s, when the newly minted Jet Propulsion Laboratory needed quick-thinking mathematicians to calculate velocities and plot trajectories, they didn't turn to male graduates. Rather, they recruited an elite group of young women who, with only pencil, paper, and mathematical prowess, transformed rocket design, helped bring about the first American satellites, and made the exploration of the solar system possible.
For the first time, Rise of the Rocket Girls tells the stories of these women--known as "human computers"--who broke the boundaries of both gender and science. Based on extensive research and interviews with all the living members of the team, Rise of the Rocket Girls offers a unique perspective on the role of women in science: both where we've been, and the far reaches of space to which we're heading.
|Publisher:||Little, Brown and Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)|
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Table of Contents
January 1958: Launch Day 3
Part I 1940s
Chapter 1 Up, Up, and Away 7
Chapter 2 Headed West 37
Part II 1950s
Chapter 3 Rockets Rising 55
Chapter 4 Miss Guided Missile 78
Chapter 5 Holding Back 102
Chapter 6 Ninety Days and Ninety Minutes 123
Chapter 7 Moonglow 142
Part III 1960s
Chapter 8 Analog Overlords
Chapter 9 Planetary Pull
Chapter 10 The Last Queen of Outer Space
Part IV 1970s-Today
Chapter 11 Men Are from Mars 231
Chapter 12 Look Like a Girl 253
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Our nation owes a large debt of gratitude to these women who were instrumental in the development and successes of our exploration and knowledge of outer space. Also, a special thanks to author, Nathalie Holt for her dedicated research in bringing the story to light. J M Lydon
Amazing true stories of the women who were the backbone of rocketry, missles, satellites and all aspects of space exploration. The scientific research Ms. Holt had to do in an area outside of her area of expertise must have been daunting, but the joy she takes in conveying the history of missions such as Voyager and Magellan and how female engineers were essential to their success is truly mind-boggling. Great photos, too! I hated to turn the last page. Kudos to Ms. Holt and also to the Rocket Girls!
"Rise of the Rocket Girls" is a great book, and I highly recommend it. "Rise of the Rocket Girls." It tells the story of the WOMEN who started JPL and the whole space program. They created history and the whole aerospace industry with mechanical pencils, slide rules, and carbon paper. The guys in the white shirts and ties may have gotten all the publicity, but the women did all the work. The author based the book on interviews with the women who worked and lived JPL. It is incredibly well written and flows easily from decade to decade as the space program grows.
Wow! Fantastic non-fiction read! In telling us the story about the women of the Jet Propulsion Lab, Holt brings us a the bonus of another angle of the rise and development of the space exploration era. This one peers at the history from outside Cape Canaveral/Kennedy, and thus provides a fuller understanding of how widespread the industry has been - there is so much more than "just" NASA. This book will appeal to a broad spectrum - men and women, older and youthful. While containing trivial memoir-style annecdotes that infuse the more technical discussions with personal interest and keep the book from getting heavy, it's not a Chick Lit piece that would bore someone like my husband (in fact, he's reading it now). (And don't take my words to indicate that he's a chauvinist, because he's no such thing, and he loves strong female characters - just, living in a house of all women and girls, he sometimes feels that certain books or movies have "too much estrogen for me right now". This book definitely will not do that for him.) The writing is very engaging, so no yawning over Holt's work. Rise leaves me wanting to find recent books about the planets and their moons, and wanting to find out more from my father about his time working on the Space Shuttle programming. The only way this book could be better is if the title used "Women" instead of the diminuizing "Girls," as these were all very much adults, and highly accomplished and respected ones at that. Oh yeah, and now I'm going to play the recordings from Voyager's gold record while I make some minestrone soup. . . Thank you, Nathalia Holt, for one of those reads that pull your mind into its zone long after you've turned the last page. :)
An interesting book, but sloppily written. The book does not follow a coherent time line, but seems to jump decades between some paragraphs. Of course, some of the dates mentioned may be among the many proof reading errors, but it is hard to tell. There are numerous technical errors also. As an emotional history documenting the significant contribution of a group of women to the advancement of technologies that were crucial to the success of the space program. A great book deserves to be written about their achievements. However this book is not it.
This is a fantastic book! The author does a wonderful job of blending the science, history, and personal stories surrounding the trailblazing women working at JPL from its inception to present day. The wealth of information gathered from what must have been an intense period of research is presented in a manner making it accessible, easy to read and understand, as well as inspirational. Thanks you, Nathalia Holt for sharing these amazing stories. I highly recommend this book!