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Discovery of the Higgs Boson as much a cultural as a scientific advance

In the early 1980s, the US decided to build a massive particle accelerator which was called - with typical American excess - the Superconducting Super Collider. During its early planning stages, the great machine was enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of US congressmen who each hoped the US$4.4 billion project would be based in his or her state, bringing jobs and prestige.

1 Dec 2013 - 6:48AM

In the early 1980s, the US decided to build a massive particle accelerator which was called - with typical American excess - the Superconducting Super Collider. During its early planning stages, the great machine was enthusiastically supported by the vast majority of US congressmen who each hoped the US$4.4 billion project would be based in his or her state, bringing jobs and prestige.

Discovery of the Higgs Boson as much a cultural as a scientific advance