Essay on Big Science Vs. Modern Science

1494 Words Jan 28th, 2015 null Page
From the most obvious or simplified version of history, the 20th century made a clearly distinct jump in scientific advancements compared to any other period in humankind. Modern innovations such as nuclear power plants, the digital computer, or multi-billion dollar space shuttles seem to generate from a collective source that began in the early 1900s and onwards. What caused such rapid leaps to be made within such widely diverse fields of science? By all accounts, historians of science relate this massive leap to the practice of “big science”, as opposed to the previously traditional “little science”. But a distinct flow of events shifted this practice of “little science” to the behemoth-sized “big science”. One of the main focuses and concerns of modern science lies in how to balance out these two methods of practice. While benefits and drawbacks seem to stem from both, proponents for either argument provide enough evidence that big and little science should certainly not exist without each other. This paper however, will ignore the semantics of a specific ratio or budget between the two, only arguing that enough benefits can be drawn from both sides to state that, in a way, big and little science formally ‘need’ each other. Before that, we must analyze the essence of big science. The origin of big science certainly contains an amount of dark and daunting history. Based upon the two main sources of big science practice in the 20th century (that being two World Wars and…

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