It was another bad omen when I discovered that the nursing home in Margate, Kent, where I was born in 1947, had been demolished. There have been many twists and turns in my life since then. After being recommended to do so, I became a Maths and Physics teacher in 1972, although my chief desire at the time had been to enter the Anglican Church. I had studied some theology at Keele University in Staffordshire, where I discovered that certain of my beliefs could not be reconciled with modern scholarship. I needed time to try and reach some acceptable solution and, therefore, continued in teaching. Finally, on reaching my mid fifties, I was given early retirement on health grounds. It was soon after this that I decided to go on the cycling tour. By this time I had become fascinated by certain Buddhist and other Oriental ideas and was interested to see how these worked in practice.
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A Chilli too far
The way in which we understand and appreciate the world will affect our whole approach to life. Over the last century physical science has shown that the cosmos is quite different from what was previously thought. It is far more stimulating and complex. This book describes how, over the centuries, certain simple observations have affected physical science and mathematics. We are now beginning to u
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