Chair, Communication Department
"Little Science, Big Science and Beyond"
This was the title of Derek J. de Solla Price’s seminal book in 1963 (Columbia University Press) that made the case for how "little" science-the sometimes isolated and go-it-alone scientific ventures that characterized so much of early science in western countries–was being displaced by "big" science, the highly funded multi-project centers centered around increasingly more and more expensive and advanced scientific technologies and infrastructure. Now 51 years later, the growth in big science has been remarkable and not just in the physical and medical sciences. Social sciences, too, are populated with large multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary teams. Continue reading