Hidden Figures

The State Theatre Modesto, CA


Katherine Lewis

Computer scientist, Lawrence Livermore National Lab

Hidden Figures— The evolution of computing technologies

Marvelous machines: Scientists are entering a new era in computing. Computer scientist Katherine Lewis explains how computers have evolved from simply following instructions to learning in a way similar to the human brain.

The State Theatre Modesto, CA

Film Synopsis

A team of African American women provide NASA with important mathematical data needed to launch the program's first successful space missions.

As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, three brilliant African American women at NASA — Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe) — became the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and captivated the world.