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The brilliant calculator : how mathematician Edith Clarke helped electrify America  Cover Image Book Book

The brilliant calculator : how mathematician Edith Clarke helped electrify America / Jan Lower ; illustrated by Susan Reagan.

Lower, Jan, (author.). Reagan, Susan, (illustrator.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781662680069
  • ISBN: 1662680066
  • Physical Description: 40 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Calkins Creek, an imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers, 2023.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references.
Summary, etc.:
"Long before calculators were invented, little Edith Clarke devoured numbers, conquered calculations, cracked puzzles, and breezed through brainteasers. Edith wanted to be an engineer-to use the numbers she saw all around her to help build America. When she grew up, no one would hire a woman engineer. But that didn't stop Edith from following her passion and putting her lightning-quick mind to the problem of electricity. But the calculations took so long! Always curious, Edith couldn't help thinking of better ways to do things. She constructed a "calculator" from paper that was ten times faster than doing all that math by hand! Her invention won her a job, making her the first woman electrical engineer in America. And because Edith shared her knowledge with others, her calculator helped electrify America, bringing telephones and light across the nation"-- Provided by publisher.
Target Audience Note:
Ages 7-10 Calkins Creek.
Grades 4-6 Calkins Creek.
Subject: Clarke, Edith, 1883-1959 > Juvenile literature.
Calculators > United States > History > Juvenile literature.
Engineers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Women engineers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Electrical engineers > United States > Biography > Juvenile literature.
Clarke, Edith, 1883-1959.
Women engineers.
Electrical engineers.
Women > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.
Picture books.

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  • 13 of 13 copies available at Bibliomation. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Silas Bronson Library.


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Silas Bronson Library - Waterbury JB CLARKE, E LOW (Text) 34005153119358 Juvenile Biography Available -

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