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

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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. But once in the dance hall, it would quickly melt, restoring my natural hair colour.

I used to visit the local sawmill after school, collecting scrap boxwood and packing it into old sugar bags as in the winter I would be able to sell these bags for about two shillings each. To get permission to enter the sawmill to collect the wood, I had to see the foreman, who was an overweight Swede with a loud voice appropriate for a mill. I thought it might help my case if I took my matriculation certificate for him to inspect. He pretended to read it, then laughed. ‘Unnecessary rubbish,’ he said, handing me back the paper.

Bert was now a motor mechanic and had finger nails to prove it. He was good-hearted and said that I should take his twin sister to the scout dance and that he would arrange it. Mr and Mrs Davies readily accepted this, as I had been to their house many times and they liked me. Their home had a happy, relaxed atmosphere, sadly lacking in mine, and I have a lot to thank them for. In fact they organized my very first birthday party when I reached the age of 16. There were about 20 young people there; I hadn’t realized that I had so many friends.

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