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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 exchange institution, he gained a scholarship to a school, then joined the RNZAF, and later grew to become 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 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 idea of magnetically limited scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma thought but grew to become disappointed 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 technology 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 74.

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