The superconducting super collider's frontier outpost, 1983-1988

Lillian Hoddeson, Adrienne W. Kolb

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-310
Number of pages40
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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