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Tunnel visions : the rise and fall of the superconducting super collider

Author: Michael Riordan; Lillian Hoddeson; Adrienne W Kolb
Publisher: Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015. ©2015
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Starting in the 1950s, US physicists dominated the search for elementary particles; aided by the association of this research with national security, they held this position for decades. In an effort to maintain their hegemony and track down the elusive Higgs boson, they convinced President Reagan and Congress to support construction of the multibillion-dollar Superconducting Super Collider project in Texas - the  Read more...
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Riordan, Michael, 1946-
Tunnel visions.
Chicago ; London : The University of Chicago Press, 2015
(DLC) 2015011972
(OCoLC)907132862
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Riordan; Lillian Hoddeson; Adrienne W Kolb
ISBN: 9780226305837 022630583X
OCLC Number: 925522706
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 448 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Origins of the super collider --
A new frontier outpost, 1983-88 --
Selling the super collider, 1983-88 --
Settling in Texas, 1989-91 --
Washington and the world, 1989-92 --
The demise of the SSC, 1991-94 --
Reactions, recovery and analysis --
The Higgs Boson discovery.
Responsibility: Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, and Adrienne W. Kolb.

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Starting in the 1950s, US physicists dominated the search for elementary particles; aided by the association of this research with national security, they held this position for decades. In an effort to maintain their hegemony and track down the elusive Higgs boson, they convinced President Reagan and Congress to support construction of the multibillion-dollar Superconducting Super Collider project in Texas - the largest basic-science project ever attempted. But after the Cold War ended and the estimated SSC cost surpassed ten billion dollars, Congress terminated the project in October 1993. Drawing on extensive archival research, contemporaneous press accounts, and over one hundred interviews with scientists, engineers, government officials, and others involved, Tunnel Visions tells the riveting story of the aborted SSC project.

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