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African Americans in Science, Math, and Invention (A to Z of African Americans) Hardcover – March, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0816048069 ISBN-10: 0816048061

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Product Details

  • Series: A to Z of African Americans
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Facts on File (March 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816048061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816048069
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,932,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do Angella Dorothea Ferguson, Mae Carol Jemison, Garrett Augustus Morgan, and Lloyd Albert Quarterman have in common? They are among the 160 scientists profiled in this addition to the A to Z of African Americans series from Facts On File. Ferguson, a medical researcher and pediatrician, researched the cause and treatment of sickle-cell anemia in children. Jemison, a physician, was the first African American woman in space. Morgan, an inventor, created many useful items, including a gas mask for firemen and an improved traffic signal, and later founded the Cleveland Call newspaper. And Quarterman, a chemist, worked on the Manhattan Project.

This volume outlines the lives, challenges, and accomplishments of African American scientists since 1731. One-fourth of the 160 entries are about women. Each entry begins with birth and death dates and the subject's particular area of science. Fifty-six of the entries are accompanied by a black-and-white photograph of the scientist. The entries range in length from 4 to 18 paragraphs, and each entry concludes with suggestions for further reading.

In addition to the entries themselves, the volume contains a list of the entries in alphabetical order and a bibliography, which includes Web sites. Entries are also listed by 62 areas of activity and by the year of birth of the scientist. The volume concludes with a useful general index that enables the researcher to identify biographees who were slaves, attended the University of Chicago, or were awarded patents, to name a few topics.

High-school and undergraduate students and general readers will find this well-written book useful, particularly for less well-known scientists. It will be a good addition to any school or public library that does not already have a concise overview of African American scientists in its collection.RBB
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"This book belongs in every high school library. It is interesting to read, and is dramatic proof that all people can triumph."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V.H. Amavilah on February 24, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This biographical profile deals with the lives and scientific pursuits of 160 African-American scientists, mathematicians, and their inventions. It is a very well-done piece of work, and an excellent fact book for libraries both public and private. Individual entries can be read independently, which makes it an easy and suitable source of inspiration for young students seeking role models. Individuals covered go back to the 18th century when Benjamin Banneker was the only recognized African-American scientist/inventor.

What I particularly like about the book is its insightful introductory chapter. From it two things stand out. First, the insights of that chapter and the individual entries I read together paint vividly the difficult path many of those included in the book followed. The path was difficult not only because any scientific activity is a difficult pursuit, but also because these people faced very high artificial barriers-to-entry. Second, denied formal education and training, the scientific endeavors of African Americans progressed in a unique way; they began with invention, then science, and math. This is almost the opposite of what happened elsewhere, where the language of math advanced science and led to inventions.

It is quite clear that success in science, as elsewhere, was a function of political freedom. Many of the early African-American scientists, mathematicians, and inventors were people who somehow gained their freedom from slavery. As political freedom increased so too did the number of scientists, mathematicians, and inventors.

I like this book, I like it very much.

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I used this as a reference book for my students to use when completing projects on African American scientists and inventors. They really made good use of it.
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