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Current Issue:  January 2017

January Issue Highlights

Welcome to 2017! The January issue features our Best Lists, a compilation of the most highly reviewed books and AV materials published in the 2016 calendar year. The lists cover all the science disciplines and all of the age groups ranging from Pre-K to adults. (See p. 3.)

This month also marks the release of the film Hidden Figures, based on Margot Lee Shetterly's book of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. The book and film tell the story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space, including John Glen's historic flight. We asked Dr. Shirley M. Malcom, the head of the AAAS Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs, to share with us her impressions of both the book and the film, which you can find on page 12.

At the end of 2016, the journal Science announced that it had chosen as its 2016 Breakthrough of the Year the discovery of tiny ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves — a finding that confirmed a century-old prediction by Albert Einstein. (See Inspired by this announcement, we selected gravity as the topic of our Read-Around-A-Theme feature. It includes books and other resources that can help children and adults develop their understanding of the fundamental physical laws governing matter, space, and time! (See p. 14.)


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