In 1993, after an optimistic beginning followed by a half-decade of conflict, the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) project was abandoned. In an era of 'Big Science', a major scientific enterprise collapsed. Why? We employ the metaphor of the 'frontier outpost' to analyse a critical moment in the history of this vastly expensive project, when the physicists who designed the machine were forced to recognize that traditional post-war scientific values were no longer in harmony with government priorities.
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