Katherine Johnson (played by Taraji P. Henson) calculates orbital insertion trajectories for the Mercury program using Euler’s method in this scene from the movie Hidden Figures. Credit: Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation.
AL HARRISON: You think we can get to the moon?
[Katherine nods, with all the certainty in the world:]
I remember the night the Green–Schwarz mechanism was discovered — It was a stormy summer night in 1984. The lightning that flashed across the equations on the blackboard also flashed across my curtains, two oranges on the dining room table, a Pat Metheny album on the blue shag carpet. I, too, thought I had solved something. I, too, thought I was free of anomalies. But the next day I still couldn’t figure it out.