I have always been fascinated by the ways in which our history and culture have influenced science and technology. From ancient times to the present day, we have made significant contributions that often go overlooked or underappreciated. That’s why I was thrilled to read some recent books on the subject, exploring everything from the achievements of African scientists to the impact of colonialism on technological development. In this review article, I will share my thoughts on these works and highlight their importance for anyone interested in the intersection of race, science, and innovation.
“Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly
I was blown away by “Hidden Figures.” This book tells the amazing story of how a group of black female mathematicians helped America win the space race. It’s an inspiring tale that makes you feel proud to be an American.The author, Margot Lee Shetterly, does an excellent job of bringing these women’s stories to life. She tells their individual stories in a way that is both engaging and informative. I loved learning about each woman’s background and how they overcame obstacles to achieve success.One key takeaway from this book is that anyone can achieve great things if they work hard enough. These women faced discrimination on multiple fronts, yet they still managed to make significant contributions to NASA’s success.Overall, “Hidden Figures” is a must-read for anyone who loves history or wants to be inspired by incredible individuals who accomplished amazing things.
“Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man’s Education” by Mychal Denzel Smith
“Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching” is a powerful memoir that explores what it means to be a young black man in America today. The author, Mychal Denzel Smith, writes with honesty and passion about his experiences growing up in Brooklyn and coming into adulthood during some of America’s most turbulent times.This book delves deep into issues such as racism and police brutality – topics which are very relevant today – but also touches on more personal struggles such as mental health issues.The key takeaway from this book is that we all have our own journeys through life; however difficult it may seem at times we need to keep pushing forward no matter what challenges arise along the way.Overall, I would highly recommend this book for those looking for insight into contemporary social issues facing society today.
“The Brother From Another Planet: Essays on Cultural Belonging” by Ishmael Reed
“The Brother From Another Planet” serves as a collection of essays written exclusively by Ishmael Reed exploring cultural belonging across many different aspects within society including music industry politics or religion just naming few examples among many others presented throughout its pagesReading “The Brother From Another Planet” felt like sitting down with someone wise beyond their years but with experience spanning several decades . His writing style provides readers not only thought-provoking content but also delivers humor while investigating perspectives related using witful satireEach essay draws attention towards societal power structures where groups often find themselves excluded based solely upon skin tone other than any actual lack of qualifications. Key takeaways from this read include gaining better understanding around historical context surrounding civil rights movements ,perhaps critically examining one’s own prejudices&constant reevaluation & reflection upon how such privilege/non-privilege may impact daily lives .’The Brother From Another Planet’ stands out among works focused on racial inequality due largely impart because cited reflections do not simply regurgitate mainstream talking points already discussed ad nauseam rather providing fresh insights worthy further contemplation even after finishing its final page