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Some people think of big machines or laboratories, others think of large and complex organisations with many employees, and yet others think of the Pyramids or the massive Human Genome Project.
Olof Hallonsten writes in Big Science i småstaden (2018) how the concept has been transformed into a broad and somewhat fuzzy definition. Tycho Brahe’s observatory, exploring South America and the CERN laboratory in Geneva are all considered Big science. Apple, on the other hand, with its many employees and cutting edge technology is not.
The experts disagree on how to define Big science and we might not agree on a definition. But Big science will bring big and exciting opportunities to småstaden Lund for sure!