Here's my add to Tim Leberecht's blog from December 7, 2008, on the "end of big ideas."
Micro/Nano/Mini is a solar flare on a much bigger sun. It's amazing how much power they can contain, and yet they wouldn't exist without the big ball of gas as the ultimate source.
Secondly, rather than Hemingway, another micro-novelist that we could quote would be our all-time favorite uber-innovator: Willie Wonka.
"So much time, and so little to do! Stike that, reverse it."
"You should never doubt what no one is sure about."
"Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple."
And probably the most familiar...
"We are the music makers, and we are the dreamer of dreams."
It's this last one that tells me we won't ever see the end of big ideas. Small things spark the imagination and grow into major fires of creative/innovative output. That's the power of even little ideas... they grow.