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 tuition, he gained 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 collage in Oxford after WWII. Following numerous years of analysis in aerodynamics, he turned a professor of engineering on the college of recent South Wales. He additionally had a fellowship with Oxford's Balliol collage and had a consultancy at Culham Laboratory the place he researched the speculation of magnetically limited sizzling plasmas. In 1970, Woods grew to become a professor of plasma concept but turned disenchanted with the fusion strength undertaking, 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 seventy four.
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Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider by L.C Woods