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 move of the Mathematical Institute on the college of Oxford. After beginning at a alternate institution, he gained a scholarship to a college, 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 restricted scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma thought 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 didn't prevail 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 Te Heu Heu are the highest ranking Maoris in the district and I used to know them when we were living at Waihatanui. They lived in Te Kanu and their sister was a great friend of mine. . Then, as I sat there, one Maori after another came and either kissed me or hongied me. Well a hongi there is not a pressing of noses but their nose taps the side of your nose twice and on the other side of your nose twice and that is the hongi. I guess if my nose had been made of putty it would have been well dented by the time all that was over because there were many of them that came up to me, kissed me or hongied me.
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Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider by L.C Woods