When V. V, Nalimov in his important book Naukometriya (Moskva 1969) postula
ted research on the process of developement of science with the aid of quan
titative methods, he listed many different indicators. There were among the
m the number and growth of scientific publications books and periodicals, t
he number of scientists, the level of expenditure.
This article shows that the importance of these indicators was recognised b
y earlier authors.