WHY THE US SHOULD SPRING FOR A NEW PARTICLE ACCELERATOR

“The US must develop a compelling bid to host the International Linear Collider in order to safeguard American science.”

Harold T. Shapiro in Seed Magazine:

Screenhunter_8_6Physics in the United States is at a crossroads. There are scientific discoveries just within reach whose impact is likely to transform and even transcend the field. Yet US particle physics facilities are being closed or converted to other uses, federal investments are stagnating, and the intellectual center of gravity is moving overseas with the construction of new facilities in Europe and Japan.

These were the conclusions of the committee for the National Academy of Sciences, which I had the honor of chairing. Our mandate was to examine the current state, and make recommendations regarding the future shape, of a US particle physics program that has yielded innumerable discoveries and played a defining role in American scientific leadership.

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