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Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math

After a childhood spent looking up at the stars, Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet and to earn a salary for scientific research. Florence Nightingale was a trailblazing nurse whose work reformed hospitals and one of the founders of the field of medical statistics. The first female electrical engineer, Hertha Marks Ayrton registered twenty-six patents for her inventions.

Marie Tharp helped create the first map of the entire ocean floor, which helped scientists understand our subaquatic world and suggested how the continents shifted. A mathematical prodigy, Katherine Johnson calculated trajectories and launch windows for many NASA projects including the Apollo 11 mission. Edna Lee Paisano, a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation, was the first Native American to work full time for the Census Bureau, overseeing a large increase in American Indian and Alaskan Native representation. And Vera Rubin studied more than two hundred galaxies and found the first strong evidence for dark matter.

Told in vibrant, evocative poems, this stunning novel — a companion to Atkins' book Finding Wonders: Three Girls Who Changed Science — celebrates seven remarkable women who used math as their key to explore the mysteries of the universe and grew up to do innovative work that changed the world.

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"Presented chronologically in engaging verse with a feminist tone, the text artfully weaves scientific data and history with imagined 'dialogue and sensory detail based on what’s known about the time, places, and questions' of these remarkable math mavens. A line drawing introduces each woman’s biography, and the 'Women Who Widened Horizons' section summarizes their achievements. Thoroughly researched, creatively presented, inspiring real-life role models for girls who love math." — Kirkus Reviews

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Recommended Age 9 - 14
Author Jeannine Atkins
ISBN 1534460683
Publication Date Aug 4, 2020
Publisher Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Language English