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The Super Collider That Was Almost in Texas & Why the U.S. Did Not Discover the Higgs Boson God Particle
Waxahachie Texas: Places of interest.
Several years ago, in 1983, a “Super collider,” as it was referred to then, was all set to be constructed in Waxahachie Texas. Construction did in fact get underway in 1991 and a large part of the complex that would include the particle accelerator was built. It was to have been the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, even bigger than the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva Switzerland that was used to make the recent discovery of the Higgs Boson.
Unfortunately, construction was halted in 1993 after more than 2 Billion dollars had already been spent -- cost overruns being given as the reason. Wikipedia reports that in fact, due to the cost (original estimate of 4.4 Billion) and the overrun being nearly 8 Billion dollars over the original cost estimate of the job, Congress was forced to choose between funding the U.S. Space Station, or the super collider in Waxahachie.
There was a good deal of concern at the time as I recall, by people who didn’t really understand what the project was about, or how it would accomplish it’s ultimate purpose. Many people really believed and feared that once the particle accelerator was put in motion and the particles inside were forced to collide at the speed of light, the world would come to an end. Literally.
No doubt a lot of people with little understanding of science, or specifically physics, got many of the rumors floating around mixed up. With Lederman’s book called the God Particle being released and talk that smashing atoms together could lead to changes in time and space as we knew it, all manner of wild ideas were floating, indeed flying around.
As a result a lot of people uneducated in the Higgs Theory, were against having the Super Collider (as it was popularly known in these parts), in Texas. They were convinced that scientists were going too far by messing with the “God Particles.” In their ignorance they really believed that what are now called the Higgs Bosons were somehow more Godly than other particles that make up our world.
A surprising number of people in our ‘modern’ society, were convinced that continuing with the project would surly bring the wrath of God down on our heads and end the world. They were not saddened when the project was ended in Waxahachie even though a slight recession followed in that area as a result.
What Has Become Of the Super Collider Construction in Waxahachie?
According to summerofscience on Wordpress, despite rumors of turning it into “a mushroom farm or a data site,” it has only been used as a one time filming site for a movie that most people have never heard of. For more information and photos on what has become of the Waxahachie Super Collider construction, click here.
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Michio Kaku of the Discovery Channel and the Science Channel Explains How the United States Lost the Super Collider
You won’t want to miss the following video featuring Michio Kaku explaining why the Superconducting Super Collider project in Waxahachie Texas was canceled.
Michio Kaku, states Wikipedia, “is an American theoretical physicist, the Henry Semat Professor of Theoretical Physics in the City College of New York of City University of New York, a co-founder of string field theory, a futurist, and a “communicator” and “popularizer” of science. He has written several books about physics and related topics; he has made frequent appearances on radio, television, and film; and he writes extensive online blogs and articles. He has written two New York Times best sellers, Physics of the Impossible (2008) and Physics of the Future (2011). He has hosted several TV specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery Channel, and the Science Channel.