Little Science, Big Science

Price, Derek J. de Solla

This small book packs a huge punch - it contains the 1962 Pegram lectures at Brookhaven National Labs by this oustanding and original science historian at Yale, who saw exactly what would happen when science became bloated with a vast inflow of funds and people and the glare of ever increasing media attention. The nature of scientists would change as those attracted by different rewards than before would take it up as a career profession with their aim self advancement rather than scientific curiosity. One result is now seen in HIV AIDS where a corrupt paradigm rules, never substantiated but protected vindictively by scientists and institutions as if it was an inviolable religious belief. Derek Price's thoughtful demonstration of this prospect of big science-bad science at such an early date makes this little book a classic.

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