Little Science… And Beyond. Derek J. de Solla Price. Columbia University Press, New York, 1986. $35 HB, $14.95 PB.

It is four years since the death of Derek J. de Solla Price and now it is clear that he was the founder and inspirational leader of the field we call scientometrics. This book is an updated and expanded version of perhaps the most significant and primordial text in the quantitative study of science, Price's 1963 book Little Science, Big Science. Included in this new volume are several essays that grew out of the earlier work. Arranged chronologically, they illustrate how Price developed many of the themes of his pioneering book.

Price did not make it easy for us to keep track of his papers. Many were published in obscure journals. This had as much to do with Price's worldwide contacts as it did with his disdain for heavy-handed editors. As...

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