By L.C Woods
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 go of the Mathematical Institute on the college of Oxford. After beginning at a alternate tuition, he gained a scholarship to a college, then joined the RNZAF, and later grew to become a fighter pilot within the Pacific. Woods then gained a Rhodes scholarship to Merton collage in Oxford after WWII. Following numerous years of study in aerodynamics, he turned a professor of engineering on the collage of latest South Wales. He additionally had a fellowship with Oxford's Balliol university and had a consultancy at Culham Laboratory the place he researched the idea of magnetically restrained scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma idea but turned dissatisfied with the fusion power undertaking, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.Besides recounting his historical past, Woods explains why magnetic fusion has did not be successful 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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The tingling and fading of the numbness was almost worth the initial discomfort. Growing Up 21 At the age of ten I was in Standard IV, having made no more than average progress with my studies to that stage. Then something important happened, which greatly boosted my conﬁdence. Our examinations were complete and the teacher presented our results and report forms to us in order of merit. She read the total marks for each student and invited us to clap the ﬁrst half dozen or so in turn. The top boy or girl in a class of about 30 got, say 320 marks—I cannot recall exact ﬁgures—and I was placed about tenth with, say 241 marks.
The agent employed a gang of boys with their bikes, who were ready to distribute the papers to customers in nearby streets. I was given about a hundred papers to deliver to houses in three or four long streets—most houses in each street took the Star . The papers were carried in a canvas bag divided into two compartments, which ﬁtted over the top bar of the bike. The technique that I used—not approved by the agent—was to tightly roll each paper, bend it in the middle so that it would retain a boomerang shape and then ride down the middle of the road, throwing the rolled papers to the left and right into each front garden on my list.
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Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider by L.C Woods