Little Book, Big Book

  title={Little Book, Big Book},
  author={Jonathan Furner},
  journal={Journal of Librarianship and Information Science},
  pages={115 - 125}
  • J. Furner
  • Published 1 June 2003
  • Education
  • Journal of Librarianship and Information Science
Since its publication in 1963, Derek Price’s Little science, big science (LSBS) has achieved ‘citation classic’ status. Examination of the genesis of LSBS and the state of the discipline of the history of science in the UK and the USA in the late 1950s demonstrates that Price’s ideas were formulated during a pivotal period in the development of socio-historical studies of science. Price’s talent for innovation and synthesis at an unsettled but highly charged time, and his appreciation of the… 
On the origins of bibliometrics
  • B. Godin
  • Computer Science
  • 2006
This paper documents how the systematic counting of publications originated with psychologists in the early 1900s, and how these efforts came to be counted in addresses, reviews and histories of psychology for several decades.
Comparative analysis of book citations in social science journals by Central and Eastern European authors
The role of authored and edited books in scholarly communication through citation analysis is assessed, and the core book authors were identified across scientific fields, and differences in citing books covered by Scholarly Publishers Indicators versus books published by local/regional publishers were explored.
Growth of Science How the Growth of Science Ended Theory Change
This paper outlines a defense of scientific realism against the pessimistic meta-induction which appeals to the phenomenon of the exponential growth o f science. Here, scientific realism is defined
How the growth of science ends theory change
This paper outlines a defense of scientific realism against the pessimistic meta-induction which appeals to the phenomenon of the exponential growth of science and offers a framework through which scientific realism can be compared with two types of anti-realism.
A comparison of citation contexts between natural sciences and social sciences and humanities
The findings indicate that NS and SSH researchers frequently cite LSBS as a source that is related to a specific topic and as evidence to support a claim, and concepts related to characteristics of big science and scientific collaboration have the longest half-life.
Wissenschaftswachstum in wichtigen naturwissenschaftlichen Disziplinen vom 17. bis zum 21. Jahrhundert
It is shown that linear growth of the yearly publications describes the data better than exponential growth in certain epochs, and it is demonstrated that the parameter (linear slope) for the rate of increase has a constant values in certain eras, but rises in steps from epoch to epoch by a factor of 3 to 40.
Assessing Obliteration by Incorporation: Issues and Caveats
  • K. McCain
  • Computer Science
    J. Assoc. Inf. Sci. Technol.
  • 2012
To assess the difference between the two approaches to empirical OBI, 1,040 articles with a variant of the phrase “evolutionarily stable strategies” (ESS) were identified by searching the Web of Science and discipline-level databases.
In my talk, I aim to defend scientific realism against the pessimistic meta-induction (PI, for short). Scientific realism, as I define it, endorses the success-to-truth principle, i.e., the principle
A Brief Review on Leading Big Data Models
Some of the modern Big Data models that are leading contributors in the NoSQL era and claim to address Big Data challenges in reliable and efficient ways are discussed and the potential of Big Data is taken into consideration.
Beyond Big or Little Science: Understanding Data Lifecycles in Astronomy and the Deep Subseafloor Biosphere
For decades, the big science and little science dichotomy has served as a starting point for many analyses of scientific research and data practices, including studies used to inform the construction


Derek Price (1922–1983) and the social studies of science
Derek Price was a major contributor to the authors' view of science as a social institution and of its role in society and his achievements in analysing the social dimensions of science were extremely rich and varied.
In tribute to Derek John de Solla Price: a citation analysis of little science, big sicence
This article was originally planned as part of an essay forCurrent Contents® (CC®).1 but I was delighted by the opportunity to contribute it to this special tribute issue ofScientometrics.
Essay Review: The Quantitative Study of Science: an Examination of the Literature
*Heslington, York YO 15DD, UK. 1 D. J. de S. Price, Science Since Babylon (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1961), and Big Science, Little Science (New York: Columbia University Press, 1963).
Using the archive: Derek Price's theory of differences among the sciences
Several bodies of evidence point to the desirability of further application of the basic concepts Derek Price introduced for the purpose he proposed: as diagnostic tools to describe and compare processes of knowledge growth in the sciences.
The size and growth of serial literature 1950–1987, in terms of the number of articles per serial
The analysis showed a rapid growth in most subjects up to 1970, a much slower growth between 1976 and 1980, and a slow growth or decline between 1980 and 1987; the fields of decline included general and physical science and technology.
Toward a paradigm for information science: The influence of derek de solla price
With the passing of Derek De Solla Price on September 3, 1983, information science has lost one of its great pioneers and its greatest intellectual leader. The entire first generation of information
Should the History of Science Be Rated X?
I suggest that the teacher who wants to indoctrinate his students in the traditional role of the scientist as a neutral fact finder should not use historical materials of the kind now being prepared
Derek John de Solla Price: An Appreciation
  • A. Mackay
  • History
    Social studies of science
  • 1984
Derek de Solla Price, Avalon Professor of the History of Science at Yale University, died on 3 September 1983 in London, of a heart attack. He was aged 61, and it was his fourth such attack. Derek