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Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider

Michael Riordan, Lillian Hoddeson, and Adrienne W. Kolb


The October 1993 termination of the Superconducting Super Collider by Congress was a stunning blow for the US high-energy physics community — and a watershed event in the history of Big Science. Tunnel Visions follows the evolution of this multibillion-dollar basic scientific project from its origins in the Reagan Administration’s military buildup of the early 1980s to its post-Cold War demise a decade later. Obtaining support for this expensive project required physicists to make uncomfortable compromises and enter unfamiliar alliances with Department of Energy officials, Texas politicians an ... More

Keywords: supercollider, SSC demise, big science, Cold War, high-energy physics, Department of Energy, DOE, large project management, foreign contributions, international scientific cooperation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226294797
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226305837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Riordan, author
University of Illinois

Lillian Hoddeson, author

Adrienne W. Kolb, author