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 collage of Oxford. After beginning at a exchange institution, he gained a scholarship to a school, then joined the RNZAF, and later turned a fighter pilot within the Pacific. Woods then gained a Rhodes scholarship to Merton collage in Oxford after WWII. Following numerous 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 university and had a consultancy at Culham Laboratory the place he researched the idea of magnetically restrained sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma idea but turned upset with the fusion strength undertaking, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.Besides recounting his background, Woods explains why magnetic fusion has did not be triumphant 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 on gliding on the age of seventy four.
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Your scholarship only covers fees and books and I cannot aﬀord to support you any longer,’ was his surprising reply. Were we going round in circles? I reported this to my patron, Cyril Maloy, whose response was magniﬁcent. ‘I will pay your board, Les,’ he said. I knew this oﬀer would ‘blow my father out of the water’, and Cyril wrote to him, repeating his generous oﬀer.
In my reply I wrote about our friendship and what it had meant to me, adding how much I had enjoyed his books over the years and how the next time I took one from my shelf, I would spend a long time thinking about him and our friendship. In 1979 he gave me a copy of his collection of poems strangely entitled ‘Dwarf with a Billiard Cue’ . 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.
It was suggested that if I attended a Christian revivalist camp at Ngaruawahia over Easter, my doubts might be dispelled and conversion to the faith would follow. I was willing, for I had no alternative philosophy. Religion was certainly full of conﬁdent, if inscrutable, explanations of the world in which we lived and most of the Bible Class would go to the Easter camp. Ngaruawahia is about 70 miles south of Auckland on the Waikato river, a rather long bike ride. The camp was set in grounds not far from a high bridge over the river.
Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider by L.C Woods