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 lifestyles from fisherman's son in New Zealand to move of the Mathematical Institute on the collage of Oxford. After beginning at a alternate university, he received 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 university in Oxford after WWII. Following numerous years of study in aerodynamics, he grew to become a professor of engineering on the college 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 speculation of magnetically restrained sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma conception but turned upset with the fusion power venture, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.

Besides recounting his background, Woods explains why magnetic fusion has didn't prevail 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 over gliding on the age of 74.

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