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By L.C Woods

In opposed to the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a pro Outsider, Leslie Woods relates the interesting tale of his existence from fisherman's son in New Zealand to go of the Mathematical Institute on the college of Oxford. After beginning at a alternate university, he gained a scholarship to a college, 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 a number of years of study in aerodynamics, he grew to become a professor of engineering on the collage 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 constrained scorching plasmas. In 1970, Woods turned a professor of plasma thought but turned disenchanted with the fusion power undertaking, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.

Besides recounting his heritage, Woods explains why magnetic fusion has didn't be successful 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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