Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a by L.C Woods

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 received a scholarship to a college, then joined the RNZAF, and later grew to become a fighter pilot within the Pacific. Woods then received 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 restricted sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma idea but grew to become disenchanted with the fusion strength undertaking, 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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My bedroom light was usually switched off not long after I was dismissed to bed; it was my illusion that a torch under the bedclothes would not be visible from the doorway of the bedroom. In this fashion I read many books, usually borrowed from the school library since we had few at home. If it was fine on a Saturday, I would often cut some sandwiches, hard-boil two eggs, pour some milk into a bottle and package this onto the back of my bike, together with my swimming togs and a towel. Then I would set off for Buckland’s Beach, about eight miles away, near the entrance of the Tamaki River.

Inside the cover is written: ‘Smithyman at his best, said our publisher’s reader, offers “tight, verbally intense, highly individual glosses on the business of living” in a way which no other New Zealand writer approaches. This is the fourth Smithyman collection we have published, the first two being out of print. ’ Ken was in the third year of the accountancy course when I first met him. He usually came top in the arts subjects, leaving maths and science to me. At that time I was struggling to gain conviction about God 30 Against the Tide and some of his reported works.

When she learnt that I was due to go to the Technical College, without any prompting from me, Miss Wilson tried to persuade my father to send me to a grammar school instead. I was completely neutral in the matter, since I lacked any academic ambition at that stage. Father had been to Auckland Grammar School, boarding with a family in Symonds Street until trouble with his father caused him to leave and find his independence with a job. He used to boast that he was the only fisherman in Auckland with a knowledge of Latin and Greek, and he was certainly not going to let his son waste time learning such useless dead languages!

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