The $2 Billion Hole

Why Congress finally pulled the plug on the world's biggest and most expensive physics experiment

Jeffrey Grossholz has pulled up stakes 36 times during his career, but in 1989 he came to Waxahachie, Texas, to stay. While the 50-year-old structural engineer had helped build plenty of shopping malls and bridges in his time, they seemed like nothing when he first heard of the superconducting supercollider (SSC). Recalls Grossholz: "I said, 'This is it.' It was a helluva project, something we could all have been proud of, something we could have passed on to our kids."

Now Grossholz is in shock, as are thousands of other engineers, construction workers, scientists -- and most of Texas. With $2...

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