Adrienne Kolb, a co-author of the recent book “Tunnel Visions: The Rise and Fall of the Superconducting Super Collider,” a Fermilab historian and former archivist, talks at the colloquium at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, in One West.
The Superconducting Super Collider was planned to be an energy frontier accelerator facility that would keep the United States at the forefront of high-energy physics. Originally imagined as an international “accelerator for world peace” in the 1960s, it was finally born as a U.S. project in 1983. It went from concept through design and development, only to suffer a premature death in 1993, before becoming the particle collider it might have been.
Why did this happen? Who did it? The plot was thick with good guys and bad guys, intrigue, and backroom deals. In the end, the promise of discovery was buried in a hole in Texas.
Come to the talk to find out all about the SSC project. It is nostalgic, fascinating and incredibly instructive.
Pushpa Bhat is the chair of the Fermilab Colloquium Committee, which organizes the colloquium series.