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The supercollider that wasn't

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Science  08 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6269, pp. 130
DOI: 10.1126/science.aad9865

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When a multibillion-dollar physics experiment is canceled, it's tempting to look for lessons that can be applied to future megascience projects. A new book on the rise and fall of the Superconducting Supercollider (SSC) by a trio of science historians takes on that challenge. And while the authors do an excellent job of describing what occurred in the decade from its inception to its demise, they stumble when trying to assign blame.