Against the Tide: An Autobiographical Account of a Professional Outsider

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CRC Press, Jan 1, 2000 - Science - 319 pages
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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 1970, Woods became a professor of plasma theory yet became disillusioned with the fusion energy project, which he believes survived on exaggerated claims of progress.

Besides 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 74.
 

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Contents

Growing Up
1
University Days
32
Learning to Fly
54
Flying about New Zealand
75
On Active Service
98
Rehabilitation
127
Kiwi at Oxford
151
Research and Lecturing
177
University of New South Wales
200
University of Oxford
217
Struggles in Research
247
The Tokamak Fiasco
272
Ebb Tide
302
Index
313
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