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In opposed to the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a pro Outsider, Leslie Woods relates the attention-grabbing tale of his lifestyles from fisherman's son in New Zealand to go of the Mathematical Institute on the college of Oxford. After beginning at a exchange college, he received a scholarship to a college, then joined the RNZAF, and later turned a fighter pilot within the Pacific. Woods then gained a Rhodes scholarship to Merton collage in Oxford after WWII. Following a number of years of study in aerodynamics, he grew to become a professor of engineering on the college of latest South Wales. He additionally had a fellowship with Oxford's Balliol collage and had a consultancy at Culham Laboratory the place he researched the idea of magnetically restricted scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma idea but grew to become upset with the fusion strength venture, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.Besides recounting his background, Woods explains why magnetic fusion has didn't be successful and descriptions the philosophy of technology to which he subscribes. He writes frankly approximately either his successes and screw ups and finishes with an account of his taking on gliding on the age of seventy four.

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I had no football boots and Father was sparing with extra pocket money, so I purchased a second-hand pair and set about training to become a prefect. I lacked the finesse to become a back, but was aggressive enough to be made a break-away forward in the First XV after a few games. Of course, like most other New Zealand boys, I had played football before, barefooted and in ordinary school clothes, in the playing fields of the primary schools I had attended. The game is a religious rite, which explains why a knighthood in New Zealand is inferior to being capped as an All Black.

The noise was quite deafening and the work unbelievably monotonous. I also took on odd gardening jobs, which sometimes required exaggerations about my ability to distinguish weeds from flowers. I started using hair oil. I was particularly attracted by a brand made from coconuts and used it generously, so that when I went out into the cold night air, it would solidify and feel stiff to the touch. This amused University Days 35 me—I liked the feel of it. I would have been less amused had I realized that it also changed the colour of my hair to coconut white.

This was an ideal position for my father, for at the bottom of our garden there was a stone jetty where he could moor his launch. He was still crayfishing, but had moved his pots from Mercury Bay to a region about 20 miles north of Auckland, which included Whangaparaoa Peninsula, the nearby Tiritiri Matangi Island and Kawau Island further to the north. Sometimes he would travel as far as the Little Barrier Island, which was (and still is) a bird sanctuary. Rowing around the basin early in the morning, when my father’s dinghy was available, became one of my amusements; this was promoted to some extent by the fact that at one end of the basin there was a grove of orange trees.

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