After the second world war science continued to take on larger and larger scaled projects in order to match the needs of the rapidly expanding military presence we developed during the second world war. Early on in science most science was “small science” or science funded and conducted on an individual scale. Due to the growing threat of Germany in the world, science focused heavily on innovation on military technology like artillery, the navy, planes, bombs, and other large scale projects that could not be made by individuals and could only be made in cooperation with large corporations or governments. In addition the military has continued to be a major spending point of the US government as it takes up over $700 billion dollars of the overall spending and is always interested in big projects that provide innovation to whatever they are interested in like hadron colliders. (Smith & Clancey, 1997) In a book written by Merriot Smith and Gregory Clancey in 1997 called the “Military Industrial Complex” they describe how the complex worked from 1945-1990 in the wake of the second world war. In the book the authors go over the philosophy behind some of the choices for focusing on newer and bigger science instead of focusing heavily on small science like in the past.
In my opinion big science is the way forwards as we will stagnate if we don’t strive for the future, and that as science becomes more and more specialized we won’t be able to advance if we don’t invest in more high tech projects.