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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 move of the Mathematical Institute on the college of Oxford. After beginning at a alternate college, he received 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 university in Oxford after WWII. Following a number of years of analysis in aerodynamics, he turned a professor of engineering on the college 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 speculation of magnetically restrained sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma thought but grew to become dissatisfied with the fusion strength venture, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.Besides recounting his background, 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 over gliding on the age of seventy four.

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Name-calling and other forms of bullying were commonplace, and no doubt will remain so until the end of time. I was usually called ‘Woodenhead’ and was expected to accept it. There was one particularly aggressive and strong boy, feared by most. One day he addressed me contemptuously by my nickname, expecting the ‘other cheek’ as usual. I decided in a flash of temper to punch him in the face, and did so as hard as I could. He was so surprised that he did not fight back. The other boys who saw the exchange were immediately impressed.

I have to admit that I do not recall doing much homework, just enough to stay out of trouble. But to Miss Wilson’s surprise I beat Graham in the final Standard VI examination. He went on to the best grammar school in Auckland; I was sent to Seddon Memorial Technical College, which was mainly a trade school1 . That there were some academic courses available in the day school 1 Seddon Memorial Technical College has now evolved into a very different place called the ‘Auckland Institute of Technology’.

Miss Wilson favoured Graham; he was polite, never rough in the playground, played the violin, was always well dressed and acted as the class monitor when she was absent. A real smart-arse, I thought, with a touch of envy. I have to admit that I do not recall doing much homework, just enough to stay out of trouble. But to Miss Wilson’s surprise I beat Graham in the final Standard VI examination. He went on to the best grammar school in Auckland; I was sent to Seddon Memorial Technical College, which was mainly a trade school1 .

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