big science

noun, often capitalized B&S

Definition of big science

: large-scale scientific research consisting of projects funded usually by a national government or group of governments

Examples of big science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At Signorello, French decided to turn 2020 into one big science experiment. Esther Mobley,, "Many California wineries will make no wine this year because of wildfire smoke," 17 Oct. 2020 The idea that sequencing the whole human genome might provide biology with some big science of its own first began to take root in the 1980s. The Economist, "The human genome project Genomics took a long time to fulfil its promise," 12 Mar. 2020 The reality is that big science requires big models. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "No, senator, science can’t do away with models," 13 Apr. 2020 But Greene’s own passion was math and science and then big science–the kind that seduces you with questions that both demand and defy answers, that can cross the line from science to something else entirely. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "String Theorist Brian Greene Wants to Help You Understand the Cold, Cruel Universe," 20 Feb. 2020 Some experts also worry the huge cash injection could mean that big science projects in Germany and elsewhere will suffer. Edwin Cartlidge, Science | AAAS, "Wanted: €1 billion for troubled German nuclear physics facility," 18 Dec. 2019 This isn't the first time a big science project has run into public opposition, says Robert Kargon, a science historian at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Jason Davis, NBC News, "A huge telescope in Hawaii could lead us to alien life. First it has to get off the ground.," 18 Aug. 2019 Image: Tor Books China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problem, is being developed for a potential television series, according to CX Live. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A TV adaptation of Chinese sci-fi novel The Three-Body Problem is in development," 21 June 2019 Yu, the Berkeley statistician, hopes that mathematicians and statisticians will become intellectual leaders in big science projects. Quanta Magazine, "Imagining Data Without Division," 30 Sep. 2013

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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“Big science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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