I do not have the aptitude for a career in science. It is neat to read a biography about a person who does though. Mary Sherman Morgan invented the rocket propellant called hydyne in 1958. Her invention helped launch America's first satelite and rocket. Her invention did not have a long lasting impact in rocket science, but it established the contest between the United States and Russia in the space race in the 1950's and beyond. Mary Sherman also tested nitric acid, which is the main ingredient in the composition of dynamite. Her weapons helped American soldiers win World War II. I admire Mary Sherman Morgan. She experienced prejudiced attitudes by men who thought that a woman could not succeed in science. She possessed an obsessive curiosity about science. I learned that one of the challenges that a chemical scientist faces is trying to figure out which chemicals match together to create the desired outcome. This book makes me think about the every day application of chemistry. There is an example of how chemistry happens every time a person drives a car. The author of this book is Mary's son George. I like reading the things he learned about his mother while doing the research. She became a rocket chemist after completing high school and two semesters of college. I have never heard of a person with this level of intelligence. People like Mary Morgan remind me that I can learn more outside of a class room than in one. I just need to have an open mind to try new things. I love this book.
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