I must receive at least 25 e-mails every day assuring me that size matters greatly, and any opportunity to increase it, even of dubious medicinal nature, should be immediately embraced. Well, is this true for science in general and seismology in particular? There certainly seems to be an increasing tendency for Big Science initiatives to take center stage, manifested both in federal funding of consortia, interdisciplinary initiatives, and big equipment items and the pre-eminence of multi-author research projects in major scientific journals. As an active seismological researcher who tends to prefer small-grant, single-investigator research, I look on these trends with...

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