By L.C Woods

In opposed to the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a pro Outsider, Leslie Woods relates the attention-grabbing 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 exchange tuition, 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 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 collage and had a consultancy at Culham Laboratory the place he researched the idea of magnetically restrained scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma conception but turned dissatisfied 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 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 soon became familiar with dozens of constellations and the names of the brightest stars in them. Orion stood on his head, with the dagger in his belt pointing ‘upward’. The Southern Cross, reproduced in the national flag, was my usual starting point, and expanding away from it, I was able to locate even quite small and unimportant constellations. I particularly enjoyed identifying the planets and explaining something of their nature to any captive audience. I knew their sizes, distances from the Sun, rotation periods and so on.

And then after dinner was over, we just sat there, at our ease, and one after another people came in to greet me personally and I was made such a fuss of—all in Maori—it was a completely Maori affair. . We stopped at the school and the children were all gathered in my honour and they sang three songs for me. It is a three teacher school now. The children were told that my father was the first teacher at the school and the young people were absolutely astonished that anyone as old as I am could have come all that way to see them.

I used to enjoy dismaying other children on the pontoon by diving off into the muddy waters, swimming away and down out of sight and then returning underwater to the pontoon, surfacing quietly in the air gap between the drums. After a minute or so I would swim underwater, back to the position where I had last been seen and then come up, pretending to have been down for two or three minutes. I gained a reputation for being a great underwater swimmer until I got caught. The local school used to hold its annual swimming festival in the basin off the beach.

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