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In Against The Tide An Autobiographical Account Of A Professional Outsider, Leslie Woods Relates The Fascinating Story Of His Life From Fisherman S Son In New Zealand To Head Of The Mathematical Institute At The University Of Oxford After Starting At A Trade School, He Won A Scholarship To A University, Then Joined The RNZAF, And Later Became A Fighter Pilot In The Pacific Woods Then Won A Rhodes Scholarship To Merton College In Oxford After WWII Following Several Years Of Research In Aerodynamics, He Became A Professor Of Engineering At The University Of New South Wales He Also Had A Fellowship With Oxford S Balliol College And Had A Consultancy At Culham Laboratory Where He Researched The Theory Of Magnetically Confined Hot Plasmas In , Woods Became A Professor Of Plasma Theory Yet Became Disillusioned With The Fusion Energy Project, Which He Believes Survived On Exaggerated Claims Of ProgressBesides Recounting His History, Woods Explains Why Magnetic Fusion Has Failed To Succeed And Outlines The Philosophy Of Science To Which He Subscribes He Writes Frankly About Both His Successes And Failures And Finishes With An Account Of His Taking Up Gliding At The Age Of

2 thoughts on “Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider

  1. Barry L Hill Barry L Hill says:

    This book is most interesting from genealogical, geographical, scientific and historical perspectives A most interesting account of a New Zealander coping and succeeding in the class society of Britain.

  2. W Boudville W Boudville says:

    Woods gives us an engaging narrative of his life From what is undoubtedly a vanished lifestyle in a fishing family in New Zealand before World War 2, to air combat over the Pacific during that war, and then the decades afterwards in academia.Many readers may find his descriptions of the war to be the most interesting sections Not your typical autobiography of an academic He became quite an expect on plasma research But in this field, funding at Oxford, or indeed anywhere in Britain, was sparse, compared to the Americans and Russians Early plasma research was small scale But as efforts grew to scale up the densities and temperatures, so too did the funding requirements rise It must have been a continual source of frustration to him.