Malcolm Duncan and the New Laws of Physics

by Marla Houghteling DR. MALCOLM DUNCAN saw his career as a theoretical physicist die along with the demise of a big machine – the SSC, the Superconducting Supercollider. It was while he was associate professor of physics at the University of Iowa in 1993 that he decided to switch from physicist to lawyer. He was stunned by the news of the abandonment of the most ambitious science project ever undertaken. The SSC, already famous for its planned 54-mile tunnel circling Waxahachie, Texas, was to house 10,000 superconducting magnets, which would act as proton accelerators. It was predicted that the energy produced […]
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