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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 university, he received 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 analysis in aerodynamics, he grew to become a professor of engineering on the collage 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 idea of magnetically constrained sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma thought but turned disappointed with the fusion strength venture, 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 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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And finishing at midnight. A fourpiece band would play the dance hits of the time, and halfway through the evening there would be a supper of sandwiches, cakes and tea provided by the mothers on the committee. The Assistant Scout Master, Mr Davies—not the ‘chef’ I mentioned earlier, but an older man (who had lost a leg in the First World War)— had two attractive daughters. Josephine was the youngest and had a twin brother, Bert, whom I had met at the Tech. Bert was now a motor mechanic and had finger nails to prove it.

Although I had the support of Cyril Maloy and two or three other teachers, I had to work mainly by myself. Rudolf was still around, but had not yet sat his matric. His cross was that he had to support himself and I think to some extent his family by undertaking a milk round. m. each morning and to work at full speed delivering milk. There were no bottles—Rudolf carried a large, heavy pail and used a dipper to transfer the milk to billycans placed near the front gates of the houses on his round.

At the end of the first term, I had a stroke of great fortune: Mr Cyril Maloy entered my life. His principal role was to teach mechanics and physics to engineering cadets released by employers to attend parttime classes. He had taught me mechanics in E1F and was aware of my potential. He suggested that I should transfer to accountancy for some arts subjects so that I could enter for the matriculation examination and perhaps afterwards go on to the University. I had no objection and my father was not consulted.

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