Girls Who Loved Math
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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 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.
Praise For Grasping Mysteries: Girls Who Loved Math…
— Kirkus Reviews
“Written in free verse, the text is welcoming, informative, pithy, wry, very readable, and occasionally haunting. . . A heartening celebration of mathematically gifted women.”
"Although longer biographical works are seldom grist for readalouds, Atkins’ respect for the particularities of each life manifests in the image-rich poetry that recommends itself to oral presentation. . . This is a must-buy for STEAM collections."
"Astute and richly detailed, Atkins’s free-verse biographies address head-on the challenges . . . that these passionate and determined trailblazers overcame.”
— Horn Book Magazine
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 9781534460683, 320pp.
Publication Date: August 4, 2020